State-Level Systemic Change Rarely Funded Activities


With rare exception, the Foundation will not make grants for activities in the following areas: 

  • Academic and medical research
  • Animal species preservation or rehabilitation
  • Building projects or renovations
  • Capital campaigns
  • Conferences, seminars, or symposiums
  • Civic clubs 
  • Endowment funds
  • Equipment, furniture or computer purchases
  • Environmental education centers and programs for children
  • Fraternal organizations 
  • Fundraising events
  • Greenways
  • Individual schools, or projects that support a limited number of schools within a school district, or a limited number of schools in multiple school districts
  • Individual early childhood centers, or out-of-school time programs
  • Teacher professional development
  • Pre-K through 12th grade public school curriculum development and/or implementation
  • Initiatives promoting religious education or doctrine
  • Land purchases 
  • Overhead and indirect costs for colleges and universities
  • Organizations or projects that focus exclusively on direct services (for example, child abuse treatment and prevention services, homeless shelters, health care services, etc.) 
  • Payment of debts
  • Plant species preservation
  • Preservation of historic properties
  • Private business ventures
  • Scholarships
  • Supplemental educational programs such as summer camps, athletic teams, drop-out prevention programs, and youth vocational and character development programs

In addition, ZSR is legally prohibited from funding voter registration. ZSR is also prohibited from giving money to organizations that support or oppose individual candidates or who work to influence election outcomes. 

(Updated May 2023)