Marisla Foundation operates with three full-time program directors and one half-time assistant administrator. Of the hundreds of proposals received each year only a small number are funded, and we are currently funding few new grantees as we adjust the total annual funding to a sustainable level. For the convenience of organizations seeking support, the application process is short and concise. To manage applications received more efficiently, the Foundation uses an online application system exclusively. We do not require or accept letters of inquiry (LOIs). Hard copy or emailed proposals will not be reviewed.
The Foundation is able to support only those organizations that have received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals or for activities that support candidates for political office. Through donor-advised fund partners, Marisla is able to recommend Environment Program funds to international projects for specific geographies. Human Services grants are limited to Orange County and Los Angeles through the Orange County Community Foundation.
The Foundation strongly discourages the submission of multiple applications from one organization. This includes chapters or field offices. The Foundation also will not review more than one application per year (any twelve-month period) from any organization, with the exception of organizations that are fiscal sponsors of nonprofits.
The Human Services Program addresses the needs of women in crisis, primarily focusing on their physical, emotional and mental health, and financial wellbeing. Grants support activities and integrated approaches to stable housing, treating addiction, empowering adult and child domestic violence survivors, and vocational training. The geographic limitation is Orange County and Los Angeles, California.
The Environment Program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine and coastal biodiversity conservation with a geographic focus on California, Northwest Mexico, Hawaii, Chile, and the Western Pacific (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia). The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health and environmental threats caused by toxic chemicals.