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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 is taken:
  1. Addressing the multi-dimensional levels of individuals, i.e., the physical, emotional and mental levels.
  2. Investing in our community to enhance its vibrancy for all to live, learn, work, play, and age.
  3. Initiating change for community betterment, actively and collaboratively.
  • Partnership - the Foundation partners with others to address community issues.
  • Impartiality and Objectivity - to advance its mission, the Foundation objectively distributes funds to aligned organizations that do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.
  • Perpetuity - the Foundation safeguards its endowment for the betterment of generations to come. 
  • Continuous Improvement - the Foundation adapts, evolves and changes with the times, thereby maximizing its benefit to the community.

Our Funding Approach: 

  • The Foundation is a steward of resources to help the community and its people grow and develop.
  • The Foundation seeks to continually increase our community’s vitality, providing greater opportunity for residents to pursue life goals and experience positive quality of life.
  • The Foundation ‘meets the needs of the time’ as opportunities unfold in the grant application process or are identified by our leadership living and working within the community.
  • Our funding preference favors proposals focused on significant community need and/or benefit and that:
  1. Improve residents' quality of life.
  2. Better community.
  3. Meet the needs of the vulnerable.
  4. Create equitable opportunities, particularly as it relates to racial/ethnic equities.
  5. Address root or primary causes. 
  6. Show evidence of success and impact.
  7. Impact Waterloo, because of the greater need.
  8. Share in funding with others.

Our Funding Dashboard, click here for full view.

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