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Allianz Foundation for North America

The Allianz Foundation for North America empowers young people to shape a secure future.

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Mission and structure

The financial services companies of the worldwide Allianz Group share a fundamental concern for safeguarding the future. In all areas of their business, Allianz Group companies find a common purpose in empowering people to manage risks and plan well for the future, and they do this in the interest of numerous stakeholders - customers, employees, shareholders and society itself. Working to safeguard the future is what Allianz companies do best; it is the heart of the Allianz Group's business.

Established in 2002, the Allianz Foundation for North America joined an international network of Allianz Group foundations working to apply this shared concern for safeguarding the future to challenges faced by society at large. This network includes, for example, the Allianz Foundation for Sustainability, dedicated to responsible environmental management, and the Allianz Cultural Foundation, which, through the arts, works to promote intercultural dialogue and cooperation among young people in Europe.

In addressing concerns for the future in North America, we believe one of the most significant social investments we can make is one in the ability of young people to live up to their fullest potential and pursue independent lives of leadership and public service. The mission of the Allianz Foundation for North America is to empower young people to shape a secure future for themselves and for the communities in which they live.

The Foundation is committed to creating sustainable social value by partnering with programs that help young people develop the skills, motivation, perspectives and opportunities they need to be successful, self-reliant and socially conscious members of society. We also seek to facilitate dialogue and networking among our diverse not-for-profit partners so that together we can maximize the social impact of our work.

A 501 (c) (3) entity under the United States Internal Revenue Code, the Allianz Foundation for North America welcomes grant applications from non-profit organizations working to empower young people to shape a secure future.

The Allianz Foundation for North America engages in project partnerships in metropolitan areas coast to coast. In order to offer special opportunities for youth development, such as mentoring and in-office career skills workshops, our grant making has an exclusive focus on cities in which Allianz companies maintain head- or major representative offices. As new projects are added, the Foundation will work with not-for-profit partners in these cities to empower young people throughout North America to shape a secure future for themselves and the communities in which they live.

Please have a look at AZFNA's work over the past year with young people in North America:

Breakthrough New York (BTNY) is a 10-year college success program committed to getting high-potential, low-income NYC middle school students to and through four-year colleges. AZFNA funding will support BTNY's College Bound Program, the college readiness component that works with students during the high school years to help gain acceptance and matriculate at 4-year universities. In an effort to increase the caliber of college matriculations, these services have implemented a coaching model to increase support to over 100 hours annually. BTNY serves more than 500 young people each year.

Larkin Street Youth Services' mission is to create a continuum of services that inspires young people who are homeless in San Francisco to move beyond the street. On any given night, more than 1,300 unaccompanied youth under age 25 sleep in shelters or on the streets of San Francisco.The agency promotes safety, stability, positive role models, and the ability to reach one's full potential. Each year, Larkin Street helps more than 2,500 youth, ages 12-24, invest in their future by focusing squarely on achieving stable housing, a solid education, career-track employment, and physical and emotional wellness. Consistently, three out of four youth who fully engage in Larkin Streets' programs exit homelessness. AZFNA funding supports the expansion of Larkin Street Academy (LSA), a continuum of education, employment, and leadership development services that closes the achievement gap for homeless youth, while also supporting a new career-track curriculum through the agency's Learning Centers, in both cases increasing total numbers served to 600 from 475. 

INCLUDEnyc is the leading source of information for youth with disabilities and their families in New York City. The agency's mission is to promote positive futures by offering services that enhance the quality of life for young people with any disability, birth to age 26. AZFNA funding serves to expand the Project Possibility program, which helps youth with disabilities from low-income neighborhoods. The program gives youth the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to navigate social service systems, and explore education and employment options. The agency works with each youth to create a “person-centered” plan that maximizes self-sufficiency based on his/her strengths, interests, and needs. Currently, the program is being expanded by working with 100 young people and adding an innovative series of  activities designed to help youth with disabilities foster relationships in personal and professional contexts, while also developing critical life skills.

AFZNA is supporting the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, a not-for-profit organisation that provides 12,000 at-risk youths from high-crime areas in St.Paul and Minneapolis with a secure adult supervised environment in which a diverse range of academic and recreational programs offer youth the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive and caring citizens. The AZFNA grant will allow the Girls and Boys Club of the Twin to enhance their Character and Citizen Program, encouraging young people to realize the importance of service to others and of giving back to their communities. The Character and Citizenship Program engages youth in different Club and Community service projects, based on varying factors of age and gender, that provide participants with a unique leadership development experience, granting them the prospect of acting on their humanitarian ideals while building character, self-respect, and strong links to both family and community.

AZFNA is a founding and longstanding supporter of YouthBridge's Engaging Workplace Diversity (EWD) program. By gathering young leaders from all five boroughs of New York City, YouthBridge promotes youth leadership, dialogue and action around issues of diversity and inclusion. One of several dedicated fellowship areas at YouthBridge, EWD enables a select group of YouthBridge Fellows to engage in regular workshops and learning experiences with numerous companies and agencies across the City, including Allianz Global and Corporate Specialty, Allianz Global Investors and Allianz Asset Management. Among other things, EWD participants learn how to develop and "pitch" a business plan focused on addressing the needs of diverse communities. Ultimately, students take the knowledge and experience they acquire through EWD and YouthBridge back into their own schools, communities and into their professional lives, bringing a heightened awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion to bear throughout their lives.

AZFNA is supporting the creation of an Upper School - 9th to 12th grade - for the Highlands School's community of special-needs youth in the greater Baltimore, MD, area. Each grade will accommodate 12 students, eventually bringing the Upper School to a total of 48.  The expansion is based on the Highland School's philosophy of supporting hands-on learning and the exploration and questioning of surroundings, preparing students not only for college or a career, but for life. The Highlands School educates young people with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other language-based learning differences.

AZFNA is supporting the expansion of City Incite's daytime programming in Chicago-area schools, including the Noble Network Charter School system of 18 local schools. City Incite teaches students the fundamentals needed to think like, act like and become good citizens. Programs focus on promoting problem-solving, critical thinking and dialogue around ways to stimulate the economy, build sustainable communities and prepare for the workforce before graduation. City Incite has a particular focus on raising graduation rates for at-risk, African-American young men.

AZFNA is supporting Keystone Community Services, a not-for-profit organization with numerous community-based programs focused on improving the quality of life of underserved individuals and families in greater St. Paul, MN, in expanding their Youth Express program. Youth Express develops the talent and potential of at-risk youth from low-income families (ages 14-18), by engaging participants in a social-enterprise model of employment training and apprenticeships at two youth-directed enterprises, Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing. Participants receive a combination of training, coaching and hands-on experience in which they learn key entrepreneurial and business concepts, while simultaneously learning how to operate and develop a business. The AZFNA grant makes it possible for an additional 50 adolescents to take part in the program,creates new opportunities for paid apprenticeships at existing businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and allows for the development of an additional youth-directed enterprise in future.

AZFNA is supporting the expansion of At the Crossroads, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering the most disconnected homeless youth in San Francisco to create safe and healthy lives. At The Crossroads aids homeless youth who have experienced repeated trauma, painful transitions, and minimal support by helping them identify goals and accomplish major life transitions. The AZFNA grant will facilitate the launch of the organization’s On-The-Spot Counseling program, which will enable the most experienced At The Crossroad counselors to offer homeless youth on-the-spot meetings within its outreach neighborhoods. The Foundation will also support At-The-Crossroads in expanding its Incarcerated Youth Services and One-to-One Counseling Services, providing more homeless youth with the support needed to build stable and successful lives.

AZFNA is supporting Girls For A Change (GFC), a not-for-profit organization located in Richmond, VA, and designed to empower at-risk girls to realize their full potential as change agents and women, in strengthening the organization's core program, Girl Action Team. The Girl Action Team program is a 12-week, after-school community and civic engagement program in which low-income, ethnically diverse girls (ages 11 -18) come together in teams and implement a project focused on an issue or community problem they have identified. Through the process of identifying, designing and implementing girl-led solutions to challenges they face in their own neighborhoods, Girl Action Team instills participants with a sense of critical leadership, problem solving, resourcefulness, failure recovery, and teamwork. The support of the AZFNA grant makes it possible for Girls For A Change to incorporate five new action teams, enabling GFC to serve as many as an additional 100 girls per year.

AZFNA is supporting Girls Incorporated, a not-for-profit-organization in the United States and Canada dedicated to empowering young women to grow into educated, independent and successful individuals, in expanding it’s Eureka! program. Eureka! is an intensive high-school educational program that provides at-risk girls from underserved backgrounds with preparation and opportunities for higher education and careers. The AZFNA grant will enable Eureka! to update and extend the original three-year program to a five-year program, incorporating new educational, professional and personal development activities that will greatly increase participants' opportunities for post-secondary education and rewarding careers. The Foundation is also supporting efforts at Eureka! to develop and disseminate the Girls Inc. Job Readiness Seminar, a workshop series which will prepare up to 1,200 participants for summer internships and subsequent employment opportunities.

AZFNA is supporting Junior Achievement of New York, an educational program for K-12 students from underserved communities in New York City and Long Island, in expanding their High School Heroes program. High School Heroes trains volunteer corps of high school students (ages 13-18) to teach elementary students of their local communities real world concepts and age-appropriate information on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workplace readiness. The AZFNA grant is making it possible for High School Heroes to launch JA Job Shadows, a program designed to bring students out of the classroom and into the workplace in academically enriching experiential learning sessions on work-readiness education and career perspectives. The Foundation is enabling High School Heroes to recruit and prepare 100 high school students to become Junior Achievement Heroes and to engage 25 corporate and community volunteers to serve as role models and job shadow hosts.

AZFNA is supporting CITYarts' Hamilton Grange School Mural Project in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Located in a former elementary school that is decorated with the colors and mascots of that school, the students will be empowered to feel a sense of ownership of their surroundings. The two-year Hamilton Grange mural project includes art education workshops, the creation of an indoor mural and the restoration of CITYarts' first Peace Wall in Jacob H. Schiff Park - the school's backyard. Students will create a safe, welcoming and inspiring learning environment, as well as establish a sense of belonging in their community. The students will also develop the tools to realize their full potential and create strong local and global communities.

AZFNA is supporting Fiver's College Access and Job Training programs for high school students. Fiver students have substantial academic, financial, and social service needs that put them at risk for not completing high school. Program enhancements made possible by the grant will ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed for college and career success, while empowering them to successfully complete high school. Students will receive individual support, College Access Programs (workshops, college tours, SAT prep, advising) and Career Readiness Programs (workshops, job training program, internships during school break). As part of the program, a full-day seminar with Allianz's own New York Network of Women will reinforce curriculum and focus on resume development, goal setting, inerview skills and financial literacy.

AZFNA is working with Soliya, a not-for-profit organization with offices in New York and Cairo that uses internet technology to improve inter-cultural understanding between the West and the "Muslim World", to expand their Connect Program. The Connect program - Soliya's flagship initiative - is a semester-long, web-based, cross cultural dialogue and educational program, which has been integrated into the curricula of accredited courses at more than 100 universities in 27 countries. Through the medium of videoconferencing, Connect provides a online forum for education and cross-cultural communication that is unrestrained by national, cultural, religious and ideological boundaries. Participants of Connect establish a deeper understanding for the perspectives of others and cultivate 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication and media literacy expertise. The AZFNA grant will be used to integrate Connect at 4 new partner universities in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. and to establish future partnerships with 3 new facilitator pipeline institutions. The support of the Foundation will enable Soliya to triple it’s program size by 2017.

AZFNA is collaborating with The Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan institution that promotes transatlantic cooperation and international security while tackling modern global challenges, to extend the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP). The ELEEP is a transatlantic network which connects and facilitates discussion between 60 young leaders (ages 25-40) from seventeen different nations, who engage key policy makers with actionable solutions in the fields of energy and environmental policy.  The AZFNA grant will fund the expansion of the ELEEP Network through supporting a recruitment process in which a diverse range of young leaders from existing networks throughout the United States and Europe will be selected. Furthermore, the development of a micro-grant program and the launch of a ELEEP publication will allow the ELEEP to extend their outreach in local and larger communities throughout the United States and Europe.

The Foundation is collaborating with Lawrence Hall Youth Services, a child welfare agency located in the Chicago metropolitan area, to support it’s Workforce Development Program. The Workforce Development Program prepares agency youth from at-risk backgrounds to obtain and maintain employment, through offering a variety of job skills development programs and multifaceted opportunities for hands-on employment training in local businesses. Participants cultivate personal and professional development through receiving a combination of counseling, vocational training and job coaching that instill the social and professional skills necessary for successful employment.

AZFNA is supporting Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL), a not-for-profit organization located in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals develop the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency through a broad range of housing, educational and employment services, in expanding their Youth Development program. Youth Development focuses on cultivating the potential of at-risk youth from low-income families to reach key academic milestones and to develop into self-reliant, socially conscious and successful individuals by engaging youth in quality driven programs that bolster literacy and leadership, incorporating families as partners in learning, and granting participants the opportunity to give back to the community through service learning projects. The AZFNA makes it possible for PPL to enhance their Family Literacy program through intensifying the focus on family engagement within selected sights. The Family Literacy program engages preschoolers, school-aged children, parents and other adults in simultaneous, age-appropriate literacy and education programming, in a tandem approach that reinforces the role of parents as their child's first teacher. Additionally, the Foundation will facilitate the piloting of a new model of staffing at a PPL permanent supportive housing location, that will offer individuals flexible one-to-one tutoring, and grant youth with opportunities for more focused and encompassing learning experiences in future.

AFZNA has partnered with One Million Degrees (OMD) - a not-for-profit organisation located in Illinois that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work and in life - to update the OMD Scholar Development curriculum. The Scholar Development program provides OMD scholars with personalized and innovative supports, which include academic advising, tutoring, financial aid, one-on-one professional coaching and ongoing staff support. The AZFNA grant will enable OMD to pilot the Career Readiness component and new group coaching sessions. This initiative will grant participants the opportunity to receive professional-skills training, while allowing coaches to improve their ability to assist scholars in achieving both short and long-term goals. The Foundation is also funding the launch of Wisdom of the Workplace, a unique event series that offers OMD scholars the valuable opportunity to visit and interact with employees from local businesses that provide youth with previews into prospective careers and clear understandings of how to attain them.

AFZNA is supporting the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a not-for-profit organization situated in Richmond, whose mission is to have all Virginia K-12 students graduate with the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy by means of teacher education. VCEE's work is based on the premise that educating one teacher has the potential to reach hundreds of students over the span of the teacher's career and presents educators with professional development opportunities through a statewide network of economic education services. The support of the AZFNA will allow VCEE to offer professional development programs for teachers new to teaching economics and personal finance through VCEE's affiliated university-based centre’s for economic education, which address all content covered in the new Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning. The AFZNA grant makes it possible for VCEE to proffer curriculum resources with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and personal finance institutes, as well as providing teachers with recertification and college credit opportunities.

AZFNA Foundation is working with Pro Niños de la Calle, a not-for-profit organization, which empowers male street youth (age 10-21) to build healthy and socially integrated lives, in enhancing their Transition to Independent Life program. Transition to Independent Life provides male street youth (ages 16- 21) with living accommodation staffed by licensed social workers, nurses and psychologists, to create a structured and supportive environment in which youth can develop the responsibilities and skills needed to accomplish social integration and an independent lifestyle. The support of AZFNA will allow Pro Niños de la Calle to strengthen the program’s volunteer support, and to focus on enriching recreational opportunities for youth. The Foundation will also collaborate with Pro Niños de la Calle to launch a promotional awareness campaign that will amplify the future international outreach of the organization .

The Foundation is supporting AchieveMpls, a not-for-profit partner organization of Minneapolis Public schools, which prepares young people from Minneapolis to succeed in school, work and life, in launching the AchieveMpls Young Alumni Network. The AFZNA grant is enabling AchieveMpls to construct a Young Alumni Network of at least 100 alumni from all seven Minneapolis public schools, allowing recent graduates to connect with the next generation of Minneapolis students, and to provide them with valuable guidance through the challenging  transition from high school into careers and further education. The support of AZFNA will allow the development of a network website, social media and mobile applications. These will facilitate community conversations, educational events, school visits, social activities, and ultimately draw alumnus into closer contact with Minneapolis schools.

AZFNA is supporting Chicago City Lights, a not-for-profit organization that takes on the issues: education, illiteracy, poverty, hunger, homelessness and healthcare, through 8 outreach programs, in expanding their Chicago City Lights Tutoring program. Chicago City Lights Tutoring currently serves 400 students in grades one through twelve in Chicago's Near North, Near West, Austin and Lawndale neighborhoods and encourages economically disadvantaged youth in underperforming public educational programs to graduate from high school and to pursue higher education. Students attend weekly one-to-one sessions with adult tutors, who provide youth with college preparation, job readiness programs and academic and social guidance that foster individual success. The support of AZFNA is enabling Chicago CityLights to enhance job readiness training classes, while expanding summer internship and high school scholarship opportunities for youth. The AZFNA grant will additionally facilitate the expansion of the financial literacy curriculum and of student leadership programming.

Giving Guidelines

Supporting Program Development

The Allianz Foundation for North America empowers young people to shape a secure future by partnering with programs that support youth in developing the skills, motivation, perspectives and opportunities they need to lead successful, independent lives of leadership and public service. In all cases, the Foundation’s goal is to serve as an impetus for the creation, expansion or enhancement of sustainable youth programs eligible for continued, long-term funding from other sources.

Criteria for Funding

All programs and projects for which funding is sought must attend to each of seven, equally weighted criteria drawn from the mission and goals of the Allianz Foundation for North America. Specifically, all proposed programs/projects must:

  1. Empower young people
  2. To shape a secure future
  3. For themselves
  4. And the communities in which they live,
  5. By helping them become successful,
  6. Self-reliant, and
  7. Socially conscious

Please note that, in order to be able to offer special opportunities for youth development, such as mentoring and in-office career skills workshops, our project-related grant making is focused exclusively on cities in which Allianz companies in the NAFTA region maintain head- or major representative offices. These cities are:

  • New York (NY)
  • Washington (DC)
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • San Francisco (CA), including also Marin and Sonoma Counties
  • Newport Beach (CA)
  • San Diego (CA)
  • Richmond (VA)

Please also note that priority is given to not-for-profit organizations that are likely to take part in the Allianz Foundation Fellowship Program – see separate program information – after the first proposed grant year. We strongly recommend incorporating a brief but clear vision for such participation into all project proposals.

Grant Cycle

The Allianz Foundation for North America awards 12-month grants once each year, following the annual meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which generally takes place in the late autumn. Grant applicants are notified of action taken by the Board within one week of the annual meeting. Disbursement of all allocated funds to grant recipients follows immediately thereafter.

Grant Range

Grants for program development involve a significant medium-term financial commitment at the discretion of the Foundation Board. Given the limited availability of funds and the broad scope of the Foundation‘s work throughout North America, grants generally do not exceed – but are also usually not less than – 50,000 US dollars, the standard allocation for each new project grant. All applicants are strongly advised to think and plan in terms of this standard grant amount. Final decisions on grants are based on available funding and a thorough analysis of program need, structure and potential for sustainable social impact.

Funding Period

Grants are eligible for renewal at a lower level of financial commitment after the first year in order to maintain program development while other sources of – and/or solutions for – long-term funding are sought. In general, renewal grants for each successive year, if approved, will not exceed 50 percent of the previous year’s grant total. Grants generally may not be renewed for more than two consecutive years following the first-year grant. Our project partners are, however, always welcome to apply for new project grants in the future.


The Allianz Foundation for North America does not provide support for:

  • Individuals
  • Political parties, candidates or partisan political organizations
  • General public-sector services
  • Sectarian religious purposes (e.g., religious instruction, proselytizing)
  • Fraternal, veteran or sectarian groups serving only or primarily their own constituencies
  • Fundraising events
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Trips or tours
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Medical research
  • Sporting events
  • Subscription fees or admission tickets

Application Procedures

The following forms must be used for all submissions


The final deadline for receipt of Contact/Concept forms is July 31st. These forms may be submitted at any time after January 1st for the current year and will be processed as soon as possible after submission. Following approval of the Contact/Concept form – and only after approval – the application form and supporting materials must be submitted by September 15th. Typically, the foundation board meets to take action on new applications in late autumn.

Preliminary Concept Paper

All grant seekers must submit a Contact/Concept form before submitting a grant application. This enables us to offer preliminary feedback on the project proposal and clear guidance on subsequent steps in the application process. Each Contact/Concept form must include a clear, concise description of the plan for the creation, expansion or enhancement of a particular project or program component that would be made possible with a grant of 50,000 US dollars, our standard, first-year project grant. The opportunity to discuss a preliminary concept paper is intended to help protect valuable resources of time and money at not-for-profit organizations by ensuring – before submission – that grant applications adequately fit our mission and guidelines.

All Contact/Concept forms must be submitted by email, using the subject line "Contact/Concept Form". Please ensure that the content of the Contact/Concept form is properly saved before sending. If necessary, you may complete, print, scan and then email the Contact/Concept form.

Final Application Package

Upon approval of the Contact/Concept form, grant seekers may, at the discretion of the Foundation’s Executive Director, submit a final, grant application package, using the standardized, PDF application form found above and including all supplementary materials listed at the end of the form. Final applications must be submitted by email, using the subject line “Final Application”.


To learn more about the work of the Allianz Foundation for North America, or to submit a Contact/Concept form, please use the contact information below.

Please also remember to use the appropriate email subject line(s) for all correspondence, as outlined above. Additionally, please note that the person listed in the Contact/Concept and/or Application forms will be the recipient of all future correspondence related to the grant applications. There can be only one primary contact per grant applicant.

Allianz Foundation Fellowship Program

The mission of the Allianz Foundation for North America is to empower young people to shape a secure future for themselves and the communities in which they live by helping them become successful, self-reliant and socially conscious.

As part of our effort to promote social consciousness among young leaders – tomorrow’s community, national and world leaders – the Foundation established the Allianz Foundation Fellowship Program. This program enables gifted and motivated young people to take part in a short-term learning experience in the not-for-profit sector. Fellowships are generally made available for the summer months. However, not-for-profit organizations applying for Fellowship funding may also do so to create carefully structured learning experiences for young people during the academic year. We believe that, by engaging in an intensive learning experience with appropriate adult mentors at a not-for-profit organization, young people will further develop key life skills – including an ability to work well with people of different ages and backgrounds – and also enhance their own knowledge of important social issues. Furthermore, as future leaders in both the public and private sectors, Allianz Foundation Fellows are able to help raise public awareness of the critical role not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations play in creating positive social change.

The Allianz Foundation Fellowship Program provides funding to a limited number of 501 (c) (3) organizations – selected by application – so that they may create one or more Fellowship learning sites at appropriate venues within their organizations. Allianz Foundation Fellows are recruited and selected directly by the not-for-profit organizations whose applications for Fellowship funding have been approved by the Allianz Foundation. Above and beyond the learning and networking opportunities created by their own not-for-profit Fellowship site, all Allianz Foundation Fellows will have access to professional networking  opportunities through Allianz companies in their area and, if possible, will be offered an opportunity to meet with a board member of the Allianz Foundation for North America to discuss their not-for-profit learning experience.


Any not-for-profit organization that has received a grant from the Allianz Foundation for North America at any time is eligible to apply for funding to create an Allianz Foundation Fellowship learning site within their organization. Young people who have successfully participated in a program supported by the Allianz Foundation are eligible to become Allianz Foundation Fellows at the not-for-profit in which their program was located. The Allianz Foundation Fellowship program is intended for rising high school seniors and recent graduates, including participants in and graduates of GED programs, as well as students who have completed no more than one year of post-secondary education. Fellows may, at the discretion of the not-for-profit organization overseeing their learning experience, take part in more than one Fellowship period. It is expected, however, that even the most dedicated and successful Fellows will participate in no more than three consecutive Fellowship learning experiences to maximize opportunities for other young people to take part as well.

Fellowship Structure

Each Allianz Foundation Fellowship package consists of a single 10,000 US dollar grant made to each 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose application for funding to create a Fellowship site has been approved by the Allianz Foundation. Not-for-profit organizations may apply for only one Fellowship package at a time but may structure Fellowships to accommodate between one and five Allianz Foundation Fellows during the scheduled Fellowship period.

From the total grant amount, Allianz Foundation Fellows will receive individual stipends for the full Fellowship period at the appropriate discretion of the not-for-profit Fellowship site. Any remaining sum shall be used to offset costs associated with maintaining an intensive, meaningful and well-guided learning experience for each Fellow (e.g., any relevant costs associated with providing appropriate mentoring during the Fellowship period).

Each not-for-profit organization seeking funding to create a Fellowship site should designate one staff member as Program Coordinator to serve as the central liaison between the Allianz Foundation, not-for-profit management and program staff, and the Allianz Foundation Fellows themselves.

Application Procedures

The Allianz Foundation Fellowship program is intended to make available to gifted and motivated young people an intensive, meaningful and well-guided learning experience in the not-for-profit environment. With this central goal in mind, not-for-profit organizations may apply for funding to create one or more Allianz Foundation Fellowship learning sites within their organization.

Non-profit organizations interested in creating an Allianz Foundation Fellowship site should first designate one staff member to serve as Program Coordinator (central liaison for the Allianz Foundation, not-for-profit management and program staff, and the Allianz Foundation Fellows within their organization).

The designated Program Coordinator in each not-for-profit organization should notify the Allianz Foundation’s Executive Director by email of their intention to apply for Fellowship funding – using the subject line "Allianz Foundation Fellowship" for all correspondence – and submit to the Allianz Foundation a letter of intent that includes each of the  following:

  1. A detailed explanation of how the proposed Fellowship funds would be used to create an intensive, meaningful and well-guided learning experience for one or more young people in keeping with the Allianz Foundation Fellowship’s eligibility requirements;
  2. An explanation of one or more core learning areas to which Fellows would be exposed (e.g., not-for-profit administration, programming, finance, fundraising/development);
  3. The proposed timeframe for the Fellowship period (e.g., July-August; September-December);
  4. Designation of at least one staff-member who will serve as supervisor and mentor to Fellows throughout the Fellowship period;
  5. A clear commitment to weekly mentoring sessions with each Fellow (at least one hour per week to discuss such issues as learning edges, overall experiences at the learning site, and insights gained into not-for-profit work);
  6. A clear commitment to having mentors available for ongoing support and guidance for all Fellows as needed and appropriate;
  7. Definition of an in-depth learning project – relevant to each Fellow’s core learning area(s) – that shall be completed during the Fellowship period.

The learning project should enable each Fellow or team of Fellows to practice leadership skills and teamwork while advancing their knowledge of their core learning area(s) within the non-profit environment.

Supplementary Documentation

Together with their letters of intent, all Program Coordinators must submit documentation of their not-for-profit organization’s continued status as a 501 (c) (3) entity under the United States Internal Revenue Code. The deadline for all Fellowship applications for the current year is April 15th.

Progress Reporting

If his or her organization has been approved for Fellowship funding, the Program Coordinator must submit to the Allianz Foundation a one-page, mid-term report – roughly halfway through the scheduled Fellowship period – describing the experiences and progress of Fellows at each learning site within their organization. The mid-term report should be based directly on feedback from Fellows and their mentors.

Additionally, Program Coordinators and not-for-profit mentors are encouraged to facilitate a meeting for Fellows with the executive director or other appropriate senior executive(s) of the not-for-profit organization toward the end of the Fellowship period to discuss the student’s learning experiences and other relevant issues of interest related to the not-for-profit sector.

Finally, each Program Coordinator must submit to the Allianz Foundation a final report of no fewer than three and no more than five narrative pages summarizing the experiences and feedback of all Allianz Foundation Fellows and mentors within their organization. The final report should discuss the results of individual learning projects and include anecdotal evidence – e.g., quotes – reflecting the Fellows’ learning experiences, growth edges and insights gained into the role of not-for-profit organizations in society. It is strongly recommended that final reports be based on personal interviews and/or in-depth discussions with Fellows and mentors. Final reports must also include a detailed appendix showing how all Fellowship funds were allocated, e.g., with regard to stipends and costs associated with appropriate mentoring.

Contact Information

For further information on the Allianz Foundation Fellowship program, or to apply for funding to create a Fellowship learning site within your 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, please use the contact information below.

Please also remember to use the subject line "Allianz Foundation Fellowship" for all correspondence related to this program.


Christopher Worthley

Executive Director
Allianz Foundation for North America
777 San Marin Drive, A21
Novato, California 94998