But the ripple effects do not end there. While most private foundations have, at most, a handful of people reviewing their grant applications, Everychild has a team of 20 trained by a professional consultant, plus the consultant herself. This has helped Everychild to garner a reputation as having one of the most thorough grant review processes in Los Angeles. Directors at other prestigious local foundations have stated that if a project can survive Everychild’s review process, it must possess merit. Consequently, a number of these projects have received the attention of other philanthropists in the community, resulting in significant grants.
Family members of Everychild women have also become inspired by the foundation and its accomplishments. While they do not directly participate in the grant selection process, they are encouraged to attend ground breakings, project openings, salons and other events. Many family members have expressed how much they have learned by attending these events and how it has stimulated discussion at their dinner tables about children’s issues and philanthropy. Invariably, the result has been an increase in charitable activities of their own and more thoughtful investigation beforehand.