Personal Bucket Guidelines

Posted on April 14, 2020

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This policy is intended to help TDFF keep its gift-making activities clear and consistent for those seeking funding from TDFF’s Personal Bucket.

Annual deadline is October 15.

Guidelines

A Personal Bucket gift reflects the Board’s value of supporting an individual’s passions. Each year, as part of the annual foundation budgeting process, TDFF Board of Directors establishes a Personal Bucket budget. All donations must be made to qualified 501(c)3 organizations that qualify as public charities and must not be in conflict with TDFF values.

There are two areas from which to give in the Personal Bucket:

  1. Family Household Matching Contribution:
    • Each Duchossois family household is allowed a 1:1 match up to the following amounts:
      • 1G and 2G are allocated up to $250K per household / per year
      • 3G are allocated up to $50K per household / per year
    • 1G & 2G – Minimum individual gift of $2,500 will be matched 1:1 by TDFF
    • 3G – Minimum individual gift of $1,000 will be matched 1:1 by TDFF
  2. Board Discretionary Giving (Board members only)
    • $10,000 given by the Foundation at the direction of each Director per year
    • No match required

Request Cycle

Requests must be submitted by the first business day of the month for checks to be sent by the last business day of the month. Annual deadline is October 15. Exceptions to this are:

  • Emergency / disaster funding
  • State funding cuts resulting in the organization’s program not able to move forward without the funding (only organizations with strong existing relationship)

Approval Process

Personal Bucket requests must be submitted using our online application.