Stewardship is a key word in how the family leadership approaches the responsibility of maintaining the foundation’s active response to the community’s needs. Kemmons and Dorothy created a lasting legacy when they established the foundation that can last through multiple generations of family leaders if managed with thoughtful care.
The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation is committed to making annual grants through a process decided on by the family leadership. Grant amounts range in size and depend on an organization’s ability to show leadership, impact, collaboration. The Foundation approaches all grantees as partners under a grant agreement and believes in strong communication as a necessary component to advance the work being funded.
KWFF funds a wide variety of needs ranging from program and operational support to strategic initiatives to capital campaigns. Submission dates for applications are announced annually and listed on the foundation website and currently the dates are January 15th and August 15 deadlines for submission. All grants are reviewed and final decisions are made within 3 months of submission. Grant announcements are made in April and November.