IMA Foundation Grants

The IMA Foundation provides grants to organizations that have a primary focus on advancing youth, with five key areas identified: education, mental health, arts & culture, food insecurity and homelessness. Eligible organizations and programs must focus on youth under the age of 26. We strive to empower our communities by creating opportunities where we work and live to protect assets and make a difference.

The Spring 2024 grant cycle is now closed. All nonprofit applicants will be notified by May 31 and funding will be processed starting in early June. The fall grant cycle will open in early August and the deadline is October 4, 2024.

Email foundation@imacorp.com with any questions.

Shortly after the incorporation of IMA more than 50 years ago, the company’s founders showed true vision and commitment to the community by creating the IMA Foundation. With employee owners at the core of our business, the goal of the IMA Foundation is to represent the passions of our associates and make strategic contributions within the foundation focus areas.

IMA Foundation Vision: Empowering our communities to create opportunities which protect assets and make a difference.

IMA Foundation Mission: To provide philanthropic support in the communities where we work and live.

Introducing IMA’s first Purpose Report. Previously known as the annual Community Report, the 2023 Purpose Report dives into what it means to be driven by purpose, highlights IMA’s history of service and community involvement, showcases the company’s journey and measures its impact made in the last year. In it you’ll find: 

  • Associate giving and volunteering programs 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives 
  • Sustainability programs and services
  • Insights from our associates 
  • Game-changing benefits 
  • Governance highlights 

Advancing Youth (over-arching)

The IMA Foundation provides grants to organizations that have a primary focus on advancing youth, with five key areas identified: education, mental health, arts & culture, food insecurity and homelessness. Eligible organizations and programs must focus on youth under the age of 26. We strive to empower our communities by creating opportunities where we work and live to protect assets and make a difference.
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Education

To support organizations and programs that encourage youth and help develop the necessary skills and mindset needed to achieve success in their future careers and make a difference in their communities.

Samples include but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring or after-school programs
  • K-12 public education
  • Higher education
  • Scholarship programs
  • Workforce development

Mental Health

To support organizations and programs that provide access or direct programming of mental health services, promoting resiliency and mental well-being, specifically, depression, stress, anxiety, and death by suicide.

  • Mental health education and/or training
  • Training and education for staff
  • Awareness and prevention programs

Arts & Culture

To foster cultural vitality in our communities, we support arts and cultural organizations or programs that encourage inclusive creative expression, creating a well-rounded and connected community.

  • Cultural institutions with focused programming for underserved K-12 youth
  • Arts in Education programs
  • Arts programs delivered to public schools

Food Insecurity

To increase access to healthy and nutritious food for our communities. Our goal is to provide funding to organizations addressing the root causes of hunger, eliminating barriers related to food insecurity and promoting equitable access to quality food.

  • Food banks
  • Public school assistance programs
  • Organizations or programs that address “food deserts”

Homelessness

To support youth experiencing homelessness, we endorse programs and organizations that focus on the coordination, operation, and administration of homeless assistance projects. Our goal is to better serve youth by providing them with a path to safe and stable housing.

  • Homeless shelters or drop-in centers
  • Support services for youth experiencing homelessness

The IMA Foundation Awarded Grants to 67 Nonprofits in Spring 2024 Cycle

Twice a year, the IMA Foundation board of trustees review hundreds of applications and vote to award grants to nonprofits in the communities where our associates live and work. This spring cycle, 67 nonprofits whose missions reflect the IMA Foundation’s focus on advancing youth, with five key areas identified: education, mental health, arts & culture, food insecurity and homelessness, were selected to receive grants totaling $587,500.

Chicago

  • LYTE Collective

Dallas

  • Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • Kid Net Foundation
  • Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • C5 Youth Foundation of Texas Inc.

Denver

  • Denver Musuem of Nature & Science (DMNS)
  • Denver Health Foundation
  • Aurora Public Schools Foundation
  • Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE)
  • CrossPurpose
  • The YESS Institute
  • Urban Peak Denver
  • Colorado Dream Foundation
  • Colorado Community College System Foundation
  • Food For Thought Denver
  • Colorado Succeeds
  • Highview
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Colorado Inc.
  • Mile High United Way Inc (Bridging the Gap program)
  • We Don’t Waste Inc.

Eydent

  • Clothing Inc.

General/Other

  • Council Foundation

IMA West

  • Penny Lane Centers
  • Los Angeles Center For Law and Justice
  • Aspires West Pasadena
  • Code Read Inc.
  • Mentor For Change
  • Our House Grief Support Center
  • Program for Torture Victims
  • Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
  • Our Story Is Inc.

Kansas City

  • Band of Angels Corp
  • Screen Sanity Inc.
  • Giving The Basics Inc
  • Gildas Club Kansas City
  • Lead To Read Inc.
  • Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City Inc
  • The Phoenix Family Housing Corporation

New York

  • Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon Ny Inc
  • Morry’s Camp Inc.
  • UPchieve Inc.
  • Fairfield University

Oregon

  • Jasper Mountain
  • Bags Of Love
  • Emerald Kidsports
  • Friends Of the Child Advocacy Center Inc
  • Casa Of Lane County

Pittsburgh

  • Lifesteps Inc.

PS&F

  • Camp Fire
  • Bellevue College Foundation
  • HopeSparks
  • Eagles Nest Community Kitchen
  • Family Promise of Spokane

Salt Lake City

  • Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts
  • Friends of Switchpoint Inc.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah Inc

Sinclair

  • Boys & Girls Club of The Lower Naugatuck Valley
  • Fairfield University
  • United Workers Inc (Boys & Girls Club of Greater New Haven)

Wichita

  • YMCA of Wichita
  • Exploration Place Inc.
  • Rainbows United Inc.
  • Legacy Ministries Inc.
  • Hunter Health Clinic Inc.
  • Empower Evergreen
  • Kansas University Endowment Association
  • EmberHope Inc

The fall grant cycle will open in mid-August and applications are due October 4. More information can be found here. If you have questions about the IMA Foundation or the grant process, please contact foundation@imacorp.com

IMA Foundation Board of Trustees

ROBERT COHEN

Robert Cohen

JEANA HUTCHINGS

Jeana Hutchings 
(Chair)

COLLEEN SAVOIE

Colleen Savoie 
(Treasurer)

LAURIE HOAG-WINKLER

Laurie Hoag-Winkler 
(Past Chair)

AMY VENTURI

Amy Venturi
(Secretary)

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Michael Condon 

Jordyn-Arons

Jordyn Arons

Michael-Morey

Mike Morey

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Josie Martinez