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To improve the health and wellbeing of the community, the Otto Schoitz Foundation leaders believe in the following principles and approach.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Comprehensive - for sustained improvement, a broad approach will be taken to address the multi-dimensional levels of human beings, i.e. the physical, emotional and mental levels.
  • Partnership - the Foundation will partner with others, funders and nonprofits, to address community issues and also work in areas where other funders may not yet be working.
  • Impartiality, equal treatment and fairness - the Foundation will not fund organizations that discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.
  • Perpetuity - the Foundation will safeguard its endowment for the betterment of generations to come. 
  • Continuous Improvement - the Foundation will evolve from its beginning as a grantmaker to develop its role of convening, collaborating, and knowledge-sharing thereby maximizing the Foundation’s ultimate benefit to the community.

Our Funding Approach: 

  • We ‘meet the needs of the time’ as those needs are (1) brought through the application process and (2) identified by our leadership living and working within the community.
  • Our focus is on those members of our community who are vulnerable.
  • We act as stewards of our community and resources while helping community organizations grow and develop.
  • Our funding preference favors proposals directed towards:
  1. Changing the minds & behaviors of individuals.
  2. Bettering community.
  3. Meeting the needs of the vulnerable.
  4. Addressing root or primary causes of health and wellbeing. 
  5. Deploying ideas with evidence of success and impact.
  6. Favoring Waterloo, because of the greater need.
  7. Sharing in funding with others.

Our Funding Dashboard, to view click here.

Funding Dashboard

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