SAF LogoThe Steven B. Achelis Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The foundation was formed by Steve Achelis in 1990 as his "tithe" to help make the world a better place.

Steve's Foundation is a small private foundation with limited resources (i.e., Steve). Typical grants range between $500 and $5,000 with an average grant of $2,500. Total annual grants are approximately $90,000.

Although Steve's Foundation is small, it receives hundreds of funding requests each year. Due to the large number of requests and the small size of the foundation, I am not able to reply to funding requests. Funding requests are evaluated once each year (usually in May).

Grants are made on a selective basis using the following general guidelines. The guidelines are subject to change periodically within the purposes outlined in the Articles of Incorporation.

  • Organizations that improve opportunities for disadvantaged people under the premise that few are entitled to a handout, yet all are entitled to a hand up.
  • Organizations that seek to improve people’s lives for the long term based on the premise that if you give someone a fish, they’ll be fed today but if you teach someone to fish, they’ll be fed for life.
  • Organizations that focus on children in the belief that the earlier assistance is provided, the greater the effect the assistance will have.
  • Cost effective programs where a small contribution can make a significant difference.
  • Organizations where a large percentage of funding goes directly to achieve these goals, rather than to fundraising or administrative expenses.
  • Charitable, non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations.

Funding requests should be submitted to the following address:

Steve's Foundation 
6154 Oak Canyon Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

To help us evaluate your request, be sure to  include:

  • A description of the services provided.
  • A copy of your 501(c)(3) IRS ruling letter.
  • A breakdown of revenue sources and expenditures.

Again, our apologies for not being able to reply to funding requests.

You can learn more about the foundation here.

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