Below, you will find answers to the frequently asked questions received
by the Foundation from prospective nominations or applicants.
How do I determine if our group is eligible? What is the criteria?
- 501(c)(3)s and fiscally-sponsored organizations located and working in at least one of the nine Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Marin, Sonoma, Napa).
- Organizations with annual operating budgets of $2 million or less.
- Previous WJZ Award winners are not eligible.
- Organizations may apply again in subsequent years, but may only win the WJZ Award once.
- Organizations should only submit one application for this award each year.
- Organizations whose leadership or staff are affiliated with the Zellerbach Family Foundation are not eligible.
Applicants/nominees will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Youth Organizing: The Awardee effectively uses youth organizing in their efforts to advance social change.
This could include:
- Training youth to lead efforts in sustainable systems change in their communities
- Providing structure and support so youth can develop, learn, and heal
- Creating leadership pathways for youth (e.g., placing youth in spaces of governance through internships, staff positions, boards and commissions, etc)
- Developing campaigns by and for youth
- Developing strategic communications plans
- Building and engaging broad based coalitions and alliances to advance their work
- Equity: The awardee is focused on fairness, inclusion, and opportunities for communities excluded historically and structurally from resources and decision-making
- Representation: The program or work of the organization is informed by the communities it serves
- Collaboration: The awardee have demonstrated a commitment to work effectively with other organizations, leaders, and/or sectors
Our group doesn’t have tax-exempt status. Can we still apply? Where can I learn more about Fiscal Sponsors?
What is the process?
- The application period opens on Thursday, April 8 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 10
- Applicants can be nominated or apply directly
- The submitted applications will be reviewed by a ZFF staff committee, who will advance 5-10 finalists to the selection committee, comprising ZFF board members, community leaders, and subject matter experts from the field.
- Finalists will be announced in August. The winner will be announced in October.
- One winner will be selected. The winner will be awarded a $50,000 general support grant.
How do we apply? Where can we submit our normiation or application?
All applications must be submitted through our online Submittable site, at Zellerbach Family Foundation Submission Manager
If we have questions, how can we contract ZFF?
For questions, please email email@example.com.