We do not accept unsolicited requests for funding. As a small foundation, we feel we cannot adequately evaluate proposals from organizations which are not directly familiar to us. Our experience has been that our most successful grants have been to groups with which one or more Trustees are closely acquainted.The General Fund supports organizations that help provide a bridge to a life of greater opportunity to low-income, low-income, at-risk, underserved youth and children We believe that these children deserve assistance that is holistic and long lasting. This assistance should addresses significant factors that impede success in education and in life. We believe that the earlier help can be provided to children, the better. The T(w)een Years is another important stage as children develop into young adults. Inundated with new influences, growing independence and responsibilities, and changing bodies, these youngsters need solid support to help ground and guide their evolving identities.We have a special interest in supporting Native American children, youth and their families especially those in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the Dakotas. We believe that an integral part in creating a vibrant, dynamic, culturally rich Native community is the involvement of the children and youth.