The Sam Mazza Foundation funds charitable organizations that improve their communities through the arts, education or by addressing quality-of-life concerns. The organizations or their fiscal agents must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Sam Mazza Foundation does not make grants for operating endowments. In general, the foundation does not support projects requiring a multi-year commitment but may grant multi-year projects at its discretion.
The foundation does not fund:
- Academic or scientific research
- Animal protection and wildlife preservations (including zoos and aquariums)
- Annual meetings, annual fund appeals, advertising, contests, ceremonies, conferences, travel, memorials or testimonials
- Churches, Synagogues, Temples, Mosques, or any other houses of worship
- Civil rights, social action and advocacy
- Commercial action agencies
- Development or production of books, films or video projects
- Emergency disasters and safety
- Emergency operating funds or requests to reduce debt or past operating deficits
- Health-related and medical research
- Housing development
- International organizations
- Legislative or lobbying organizations
- Membership benefit nonprofit organizations
- Mental health, counseling and crisis intervention
- Nonprofit organizations that spend more than 25 percent of their revenue on management overhead and/or fundraising
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion or age
- Organizations that have been in operation fewer than three years
- Political parties, candidates, or partisan organizations and activities. The foundation cannot fund candidates for political office or lobbying activities.
- Professional associations
- Religious organizations and/or religious orders (with the exception of pre-selected, accredited schools)
- Salaries for teachers or school employees
The foundation reserves the right to make grants to pre-selected organizations with which it has a historical relationship. This could include organizations that fall outside its current areas of interest and geographic parameters.