Community is important to our credit union and our employees. We strongly believe in giving back, through time, talent and funds. Ent’s YES Grants let employees get involved in selecting the organizations we support. Employees are nominated by the Ent leadership team to participate as YES Grant Panelists. Here’s how our YES Grant selection process works:
- Once the submission deadline for applications has passed, each YES Grant Panelist is assigned four to five applications to review and advocate for during a regional all-panelist meeting.
- During the regional all-panelist meeting, we review and discuss each grant application. Panelists are asked not to review any organizational materials, like a website or doing a site visit, that aren’t included in the grant application. In this way, we level the playing field among panelists, as not everyone has the time to complete this level of review.
- After each application is discussed, the panelists individually score the application according to the organization’s or program’s purpose, agency impact, community impact, other organizational support, and Ent recognition. These scores roll up into an aggregate at the end of the day from which we compare all requests.
- Generally speaking, organizations that rank in the top 10 of all applications for their region are discussed for funding. Panelists review the amount requested, whether or not the organization received a major grant in the prior year and what impact the grant would have. They then make their recommendation on funding – which is sent to our philanthropy leadership team and CEO for final approval.
Every year, we’re asked how an organization can improve their chances of being selected for funding. The answer is:
- Be thorough in completing your application and attach as many brochures, reports and testimonials you think appropriate to fully tell your program’s story and its impact.
To view previous YES Grant Award Recipients or learn more about the application window, visit Ent.com/YESGrants.