Since 1976, the Jostens Foundation, through Jostens Community Grants, has supported organizations in their work to create strong communities with learning opportunities for children. The Jostens Foundation is committed to ensuring that its strategy best serves the needs of its customers and plant communities, as well as its employees and sales representatives.
Investing in Young People
Guiding the Foundation's giving and support is our focus on youth and education and programs that help young people become healthy, productive adults. The Foundation's total annual giving is $500,000.* Jostens provides support to organizations that help young people acquire the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Programs with a focus on improving literacy or high school graduation rates, or preparing students for post-secondary study are examples of activities that advance the Foundation's mission. The Foundation meets quarterly to review all Community Grant requests.
Electronic Grant Proposal Applications
Jostens Foundation is requesting all grant proposals be submitted electronically. Please keep the proposal contents to include only the requirements for grant funding. If possible, refrain from copying brochures or newspaper articles.
All applications should have the MN Common Grant form COMPLETELY filled out and attached to the email. This form is acceptable for any state submitting a grant proposal to use.
Please send proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information e-mail us at email@example.com.
Applications should be addressed to:
3601 Minnesota Drive Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Grant requests must be received by Jostens for consideration no later than 5pm on:
Q1 - February 26th, 2013
Q2 - May 24th, 2013
Q3 - August 23rd, 2013
Q4 - November 25th, 2013
Nonprofit organizations with 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt code are eligible to receive Jostens Foundation grants. The Foundation gives priority to organizations where Jostens facilities and employees are located and gives priority to nonprofit organizations that involve Jostens employees. Applications should include the following information:
- History of the organization, its mission and goals.
- Current programs, activities, service statistics, and strengths and accomplishments.
- Organization's relationship with other organizations working to meet the same needs or providing similar services.
- Why your organization is uniquely suited to address the problem.
- List of board members, and the number of full-time paid staff, part-time paid staff and volunteers.
Purpose of Grant
- Describe in detail how the program works, including length of program, how often you meet, purpose of funds, etc.
- Describe the community need that your proposal addresses and how the focus was determined.
- Describe specific activities for which you seek funding and who will carry out those activities.
- Describe your overall goals and the ways in which you will meet these goals.
- Describe how the proposed activities will benefit your community and the long-term strategy for sustaining this effort.
State how you will measure the effectiveness of your activities, the criteria for a successful program and the results you expect to achieve by the end of the funding period.
Provide financial statements from your most recently completed fiscal year (audited or IRS 990), organizational and/or project budget, and a copy of your current IRS determination letter indicating tax-exempt status.
The Review Process
The Jostens Foundation Board of Directors, made up of Jostens employees, meets quarterly to review grant requests policies and procedures and determine focus areas, priorities and budget.
* In order to avoid situations that could create a conflict of interest, the Jostens Foundation is unable to contribute directly to school, school districts, school programs, or school foundations. Because of company policies or federal tax law, the Foundation cannot consider grants for:
- Schools, school districts, school programs, or school foundations
- Organizations involved in highly political or controversial issues
- Churches, religious groups or programs primarily sponsored by religious organizations
- Individual applicants or groups for support of their personal needs, including travel
- Political campaigns or political lobbying activities
- Benefit fund-raisers or tickets to fund-raisers
- Recognition or testimonial events
- Fundraising campaigns to eliminate or control specific diseases
- Fraternal, veterans or professional associations
- Athletic scholarships or activities
- Advertising sponsorships
- Endowment campaigns