Marisla Foundation operates with three full-time program directors and one half-time assistant administrator. Of the hundreds of proposals received each year only a small number are funded, and we are currently funding few new grantees as we adjust the foundation's total annual funding to a sustainable level. For the convenience of organizations seeking support, the application process is short and concise. To manage applications received more efficiently, the Foundation uses an online application system exclusively. We do not require or accept letters of inquiry (LOIs).
The Foundation is able to support only those organizations that have received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or that are governmental entities. Grants are not made to individuals or for activities that support candidates for political office. Through donor-advised fund partners, Marisla is able to recommend Environment Program funds to international projects for specific geographies. Marisla funds its Human Services grants in Orange County and Los Angeles through the Orange County Community Foundation.
The Human Services Program addresses the needs of women, primarily focusing on physical, emotional and mental health, and financial wellbeing. Grants support activities and integrated approaches to homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and vocational training. The geographic limitation is Los Angeles and Orange County, California.
The Environment Program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine resources conservation with a geographic focus on western North America, Chile, and the Western Pacific. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health and environmental threats caused by toxic chemicals.
Invited proposals for this category are opportunities of interest by individual board members and may be outside the stated program areas.