Empowering Communities

Rapid Response Fund

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation recognizes that non-profits may encounter an emergency need for funding due to unforeseen circumstances. In order to help our community partners address such emergencies, we established a Rapid Response Fund that is open to current Foundation grantees only. Most grants are between $1,000 and $3,000 and are distributed within seven to ten days of the request. It is our expectation that funds will not be used to cover ordinary operating expenses or the planned purchase of office equipment. If current grantees wish to know more, please contact Rachel Allen at programs@sylfoundation.org.

Support For Non-Profit Staff

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation recognizes that the staff of non-profit organizations play a critical and often under-appreciated role in building a just and inclusive civil society. Their work is often exhausting and stressful. In an effort to support the staff of our community partners, SYL Foundation is committed to providing support wherever possible. In 2021, the Foundation hosted a free virtual workshop – led by the Trauma Stewardship Institute – on recognizing and managing secondary trauma. This workshop was free to staff of current and recent grantees. In 2022, SYL Foundation will be funding three sabbaticals through the BIPOC ED Coalition.

Event Sponsorship

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation wishes to continue supporting our community partners beyond the length of a grant. We have a limited sponsorship budget that is utilize to help organizations meet their fundraising needs. Sponsorship funds are prioritized for past grant recipients. If you are a current or past grantee partner interested in seeking sponsorship support for an event, please contact Rachel Allen at programs@sylfoundation.org

Special Projects

Each year, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation dedicates a portion of its annual funding towards special projects. 100% of funds raised for disaster relief efforts go towards rebuilding the lives of those affected by disasters. Currently, we do not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry for special projects funding.