How can donations be made?
We are able to accept major credit cards through the PayPal donation button.
Who should donation checks be made out to?
Donation checks should be made out to the “Brant Walton Memorial Fund” which is the official / alternate name of the Dream Hope Believe Foundation. Alternatively, they can be made out to “CHARITYSMITH” and then one should put “Brant Walton Memorial Fund” in the memo portion of the check. The Dream Hope Believe Foundation / Brant Walton Memorial Fund operates under the auspices of CharitySmith who handles many back office functions for us and importantly confers 501(c)(3) and public charity status. Donations by check should be mailed to the CHARITYSMITH offices at 13100 Filly Lane, Truckee, CA 96161.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, because of the 501(c)(3) status your donation is fully tax deductible in accordance with the applicable federal tax laws. After processing your donation, you will receive a donation confirmation letter from CharitySmith which can be used when preparing your tax returns.
Will my employer match my contributions?
Many employers will match charitable donations made to public charities which CharitySmith is. Not only is your donation eligible in most cases for corporate matching if your company has such a program, but we ask you to check and see. It’s a great way to turn every $1 you give into $2.
How much of my donation goes to awarding grants?
> 95% of every dollar you give will be used for making grants awards.
What does it mean that I will be able to participate in the selection of grant recipients?
We want your input as a donor / supporter of what we’re trying to do. When it comes time to select grant recipients, we will generate a file containing the pertinent information for each grant applicant. Donors and supporters will then be given the opportunity to review this file and provide us with input as to what applications they find the most compelling and important that we support. You will have the chance to participate in this way in the selection of grant recipients. Of course, there is no obligation to participate and please understand that your input is one piece in a multifactorial decision, but we very much want and will seek your input on this. We think it makes the Dream Hope Believe Foundation unique and is a cool way to be empowered and actively involved.
Can I designate exactly where the money I contribute or raise goes?
No. If you raise or contribute $1000, for example, you will not be able to directly designate and choose where that $1000 is exactly spent. This is the case for many reasons. First, the monies are going to be collectively pooled, and it is important to have the flexibility to make awards of the size that are needed and not necessarily be constrained by the size of specific donations. Additionally and importantly, we need to respect the spirit of the federal tax code. If we let people do this, effectively we would just be creating a tax haven where people can get a tax deduction for gifts they intend to make. Your input will be sought and considered, but this is not nor should it be construed as full decision making authority. CharitySmith ultimately must sign off on the grants which largely is a final check to make sure everything is in line and that we are not doing anything that would cause a problem for the charity in complying with the legal and tax code.
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
Applications must be received before your 17th birthday in order to be considered. We will fund children and young adults up to 17 years of age who have lost a parent to cancer. There will be no self-dealing and the families of the co-founders and CharitySmith are ineligible to receive monies from the Foundation. Additionally, while we are inspired by the story of Brant Walton and named the fund in his memory, this Foundation and our efforts are not to provide for his family. Those efforts are wholly separate from the Dream Hope Believe Foundation. If you are curious in learning more about helping Brant’s family, please let us know, as you can imagine it is another cause that we care about.
What sort of things are eligible or ineligible for a grant?
We have flexibility and theoretically anything is a possibility. That being said, we are looking for compelling, finite, and measurable needs. Someone who is seeking say $5000 for daycare costs is going to be much more interesting to us than someone who wants $5000 for general purposes or a vacation somewhere. General purpose requests are unlikely to be successful. We want to know exactly what we are funding and how the money is being spent. This also allows us to precisely size the various grants as we will probably make multiple grant awards per year.
Can multiple children from the same household receive a grant?
Absolutely. Of course, there will be situations where a person succumbs to cancer and leaves behind more than one child. There is no need to complete an application for each child, and we require only one application per household. That being said the application should be clear about what is being requested for each child, etc. We are looking to fund concrete, discrete, and measurable needs – so please be specific in what amount is requested to address what need of which child.
Will unsuccessful grant applicants be notified?
We will convey this information to the applicants should their request not be funded.
If my family is chosen when will I be notified?
For each application cycle there will be a deadline when applications are due by. We will need about a month or so to sort through applications, receive input from our donors and supporters, and complete the selection process. Applicants who are successful will be notified shortly after the selection process completes, i.e. probably about a month after the application deadline.
Can grant applicants, successful or unsuccessful, reapply?
Absolutely. Some funded grant requests will have a certain recurring nature to them. If you were funded once, you may be funded again. That being said some preference will be given to those who have not yet benefitted from the Foundation. If your application was unsuccessful, you can certainly reapply the next time and your request could certainly be successful during the next cycle since the pool of applicants and people involved in selection will be different every time.
What are the best ways to contact the Dream Hope Believe Foundation?
Email is best. The Dream Hope Believe Foundation is a lean organization and it is unlikely we will be able to respond to voicemail in a timely fashion. Please send us an email.
Can I contact CharitySmith?
If you would like to, you certainly can. We will be the best source for information about the Dream Hope Believe Foundation, but if you wish to contact CharitySmith of which we are a division – all questions should be directed to Stacey Spain, Executive Director at email@example.com or 800-276-6546.