Philanthropic Services

We have a team that specializes in providing grant services to individuals, families, private foundations and corporate partners for various levels of philanthropic giving.

Services include:


Charitable Goal-Setting:

Our Philanthropic Services team will work with you to identify your giving style, passions and desired results.  We can help you develop a charitable mission statement.  Based on what is important to your foundation, we highlight community issues and help you formulate strategies to respond to those needs. In addition, we provide ongoing evaluations of your funding and ensure that the intent of your giving is fulfilled.


Grantmaking Support:

Through the grantmaking process, our team can manage the day-to-day activities of your charitable giving by providing a wide range of services that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Determining if a gift will qualify as a charitable contribution
  • Identifying qualified applicants
  • Arranging site visits to explore agency capabilities
  • Reviewing grant proposals
  • Preparing  written grant recommendations
  • Preparing and sending award letters and notifying  those whose proposals are declined


Grantee Accountability:

The purpose of grantee accountability is to ensure that your grant dollars are being used for their intended purpose and are having the impact you desire in the community. We provide accountability oversight in the following ways:

  • Maintaining  a grant reporting schedule for each grantee
  • Monitoring  progress of grants and scheduling site visits when required
  • Providing  technical assistance and/or troubleshooting on grants experiencing difficulty
  • Preparing  written annual evaluations of major grant projects (based on information provided by grantees or by outside evaluators hired to monitor programs)


Administrative Support:

Our team can provide administrative support to complement our other grant services and assist your private foundation or company in its philanthropic activities. These services include preparation of minutes and board packets, scheduling and coordination of meetings, and other administrative items.

Melissa Hardage
Donor Initiatives Officer

Sarah Beeks HigdonSarah Beeks Higdon, MBA, CAP©
Director of Charitable Giving, Collin County

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