Clearwell Group

Our Granting Approach

Restorative Philanthropy

Granting Guidelines

We desire to partner with "hand-up" oriented ministries, who are focused on development opportunities with measurable outcomes. We grant to organizations whose program-related expenses account for at least 80% of their annual budgets. The Free Family Foundation gifts at least 70% of grants to Christian organizations around the world. 

Our granting strategies are organized into three primary focus areas:

1.) Children & Families

  • We desire to partner with organizations and ministries who are focused on foster-based orphan care, institutional and school-based foster care, and justice and rescue for vulnerable and at-risk men, women and children.

2.) Missions & Development

  • We desire to partner with missions and development organizations who are focused on seeking a positive change in another's situation through giving them "a hand up, not a hand out". These organizations will be centered on economic, education, water or service initiatives. These services are delivered by Christian organizations who are sharing the Gospel through word and deed.

3.) Medical & Disabled

  • We desire to partner with medical clinics, ministries and organizations who are focused on "hand-up" health care initiatives for the generationally poor, unemployed, underemployed and disabled in their communities.

At this time, the Foundation does not fund: 

  1. Animal care or support – we focus on the value of people.
  2. Start-up ministries or organizations.
  3. Organizations whose background or foundation is built on religions other than Orthodox Christianity or whose message is antagonistic to the Christian faith.
  4. Large organizations who are, in fact, so large that our grant would not make a significant impact (e.g. our grant being <1% of the organization's annual revenues).
  5. Organizations whose administrative or fundraising expenses exceed 20% of their annual budgets.
  6. Grants smaller than $10,000.
  7. "Hand-out" based programs and initiatives that generate dependency without a clear path to development or change of situation for the person served.