The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation is focused on several populations of particularly vulnerable children and also supports organizations that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. The foundation notes the overlap and diversity of these program areas and do, on occasion, support organizations whose work may be in an allied or supporting area. Many of the programs supported by the Foundation focus on ensuring that children are safe and have access to education and care, including:
The Foundation does not fund orphanages or other types of homes that benefit only the children that live within them, nor does the Foundation fund schools that only benefit the children that attend them. Only on rare occasions, and after much discussion, does the Foundation fund such institutions when they are developing a program model intended to replicated at other institutions and have benefit to children beyond their specific institution.
In addition, the Foundation does not fund:
Grants are typically between $25,000 and $50,000. The Foundation does occasionally make larger and smaller grants. Multi-year funding is occasionally made, but is structured on the completion of set milestones and measured outcomes.