WELCOME TO
THE CHARLES B. DEGENSTEIN FOUNDATIONS

During his lifetime, Charles B. Degenstein established three separate and independent charitable foundations. This website is designed to simplify the process for not-for-profit organizations to apply for financial support from the three Degenstein Foundations. Each Degenstein Foundation has established its own criteria and guidelines for its decision making process for awarding grants to qualified organizations. The grant application process as set forth in this website applies to all Degenstein Foundations and for the convenience of applicants only one application must be submitted by each applicant.

The three Charitable Foundations created by Charles B. Degenstein are known as:

  1.  Charles and Betty Degenstein Foundation
  2.  Charles B. Degenstein Foundation
  3.  The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation

Upon receipt of any grant request, the Charles B. Degenstein Foundations will acknowledge receipt of the grant application and assign it to a specific Degenstein Foundation for review and final decision.

All grant applications and all correspondence must be submitted by mail to:

The Charles B. Degenstein Foundations
228 Arch Street
Sunbury, PA 17801

FUNDING TO 501(C)(3) APPROVED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IS PROVIDED FOR THE FOLLOWING

  1.  Educational programs and services.
  2.  Healthcare programs and services.
  3.  Strategic regional and local needs and the environment.

FOUNDATION PRIORITIES USUALLY DO NOT INCLUDE

  1.  Annual giving campaigns or operating budgets.
  2.  Requests from individuals for personal needs, including loans and emergency funds.
  3.  Applications from outside a seventy-five mile radius of Sunbury with no significant impact on this region.
  4.  Funding for religious or political activities.

Note:  Each of the Degenstein Foundations reserves the right to initiate projects and to fund organizations that are of strategic interest. A streamlined process for awarding small grants may be available to local organizations with an established relationship with the Degenstein Foundations.

APPLICATION PROCESS

LETTER OF INTENT/PROJECT PROFILE

The application process begins with the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) requesting approval to make a formal application. Both pages of the Project Profile attached hereto are to accompany the LOI. A Degenstein Foundation will review the LOI and Project Profile and respond to the submitting organization whether or not the proposed project meets one or more of its priorities. A response will be forthcoming from the particular Degenstein Foundation that will be considering the request for funding.

The LOI should fully detail the scope of the project and anticipated costs and outcomes. The letter should be no longer than two pages and contain the following specific information about the project or program:

  • Name of the project /program, total anticipated cost
  • Funding requested from a Degenstein Foundation
  • Other sources of current and potential funding
  • Anticipated start date
  • The need that the project/program addresses and scope
  • The anticipated outcomes once the project is completed
  • The Letter of Intent should be signed by the President or Executive Director of the submitting organization

The Project Profile to accompany the LOI requests for specific information about the applicant and will be reviewed as an integral part of the submission.

REVIEW OF APPLICANT’S REQUEST

The attached application form must be completed and submitted by the applicant. The applicant has the discretion to accompany the applicant form with a cover letter, but the cover letter shall not exceed two pages of paper. A particular Degenstein Foundation will review the documents that are submitted and will make an initial determination to either fund the request, deny the request or ask that additional information be provided. For those funding requests requiring additional information, the applicant may be contacted to submit the following:

  • Further clarification of project goals and objectives, timeframe for completion.
  • Organizational overview of mission, history and services provided.
  • Further clarification of budget items, anticipated project expenditures and other sources of support for the project.
  • A statement describing future funding sources for sustaining the project in the future years.

Note:  Representatives of the Degenstein Foundation may request to make a site visit to the applicant’s facility or anticipated project site.

FINAL EVALUATION, DECISION AND NOTIFICATION TO APPLICANTS

Following review of all completed information and documentation submitted by the applicant, a final decision will be made on whether or not to grant funding. All applicants will be notified of the final decision made by the specific Degenstein Foundation that has authority over the grant request.

SIZE AND FREQUENCY OF GRANTS

Requests for multi-year grants are discouraged. Larger grants are awarded based on the importance of the application to the goals and objectives of each of the Degenstein Foundations, as well as the value to the region located within the seventy-five mile radius of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. The Degenstein Foundations grants are rarely expected to cover all project costs. Each of the Degenstein Foundations looks favorably on additional support for a project from the community and other funding sources.