Community Partners Program

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 2, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation

Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 36 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support.

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation works to build on The Network’s innovative approach to human services by seeking new solutions and creative ideas for enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries and youth facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges, and their families; and to elders in need of support. The Foundation is The MENTOR Network’s commitment to nurturing the excellence and innovation that ensures such environments—for the populations served by The Network, for our employees and for society as a whole.

The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation is committed to transforming the delivery of human services through the generation of new ideas and best practices. We seek to advance an agenda based on quality, accountability and respect for the individual.

The focus of our giving is on organizations that take a fresh look—through research, innovative thinking, direct care and programming—at how people with disabilities and youth and families facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges are cared for in our society. The Foundation also works to expand opportunity for the individuals we serve through employment and educational support.

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are change agents within human services. They are 501c3 organizations that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so. They also mirror The Network itself: creative, effective and focused on the highest quality standards. Our partners are results-oriented, leveraging resources and knowledge to positively impact individuals and communities and to transform society’s vision of and approach to its most vulnerable members.

The MENTOR Network is a national network of local health and human services providers in 36 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support. In order to qualify for support from The Network’s Foundation, an organization must benefit the same populations the company serves.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 251 Community Partner grants have been awarded to organizations in 28 states.

FY2019 Community Partners Information

Person-first language recognizes that no matter the challenges a person may face, people are— first and foremost—just people. In 2018, The MENTOR Network made a commitment to adopt person-first language throughout our organization—in everything we do from how we speak and what we write to business systems and forms.

For FY2019 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019), as an extension of The MENTOR Network’s commitment to person-first language, The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation Community Partners Program will focus exclusively on funding grant requests from 501c3 organizations to adopt person-first language.  

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Our Community Partners are change agents within human services.
  • They are 501c3 organizations that are either delivering innovative care or developing new ideas and models for doing so.