Funding Limitations

The Foundations DO NOT FUND organizations:

  • operating outside the United States.
  • with audited expenses under $1 million.
  • involved in film or television.
  • seeking support for festivals, tours, conferences, workshops or seminars.
  • seeking support for advocacy or public policy research.
  • seeking support for special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events.
  • seeking seed money or support for startup projects.
  • seeking support for program-related investments (PRI).
  • seeking support for local chapters (the Foundations typically fund initiatives at the national/headquarters level).
  • undergoing leadership transitions or with new leadership in place for less than one year.
  • lacking demonstrable long-term impact on populations served.
  • that are not registered as 501(c)(3) organizations. An IRS determination letter is required to receive funding.


In Limited Cases, the Foundations Fund:

  • Endowment grants, provided the organization has an existing endowment with the Hearst Foundations and a track record of strong performance and consistent stewardship.
  • Faith-based organizations, provided that the services they offer are inclusive and fit within the Foundations' guidelines.