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Our haiku grant recipients announced!

Updated July 17, 2018

MissionBox is excited to announce the two recipients of our June 2018 grant from the MissionBox Philanthropic Fund.

Empower Education and Inspire

"Who are you?" they'll ask.
Which begs the deeper question:
Who will I become?

Mercy Beyond Borders

Waving diplomas,
Girls rise from their mud-thatched huts:
"No stopping us now!"

MissionBox extends our thanks all who submitted a haiku for our June 2018 grant.

Don't forget, all those who submitted a haiku for this grant are still eligible for our July 2018 grant!


The grant is closed. Thank you for your submissions. Please be patient, we will be announcing the winners in a couple weeks, as we are giving our judges enough time to make thoughtful decisions.

Sometimes, we are so busy delivering services, dealing with staff shortages or keeping the “lights on” that it's easy to forget what first inspired our nonprofit or charity work.

For this reason, MissionBox Philanthropic Fund is sponsoring a June 2018 grant opportunity that is creative, fun and reminds us of why we do the good work that we do!

We are offering two, $2,000 (USD or equivalent) unrestricted cash grants, awarded to two organizations that apply according to the Rules listed below. Recipients will be selected by the MissionBox Nonprofit Advisory Board panel.

The only requirement for this grant application is that you create an organizational profile (directions at the end of this application) AND send us a haiku about the heart of your mission, as directed.

What is a haiku?

The haiku is a Japanese poem in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables.

While a traditional haiku is also often represented by the comparison of two images or ideas, for the purposes of this grant, the only restriction regards the number of lines and syllables: 5/7/5. This is a VERY fun process — please include your staff, volunteers, consumers or supporters to write your haiku.

Here is an example of the 5/7/5 syllable haiku poem:

  • Connect, learn, share, shine (5 syllables)
  • Nonprofits and charities (7 syllables)
  • Collaborate here (5 syllables)

How many haikus can my organization submit?

While it is great fun to include your staff or consumers in the creative haiku process, only one submission will be allowed from each nonprofit or charity organization.

Read the haiku submissions here! Haikus are presented in no particular order.

The Grant

The MissionBox Philanthropic Fund is offering two $2,000 (USD or equivalent) grant awards in June 2018, to a nonprofit or charity, from anywhere in the world, that submits a haiku about their mission.

Grant opens June 7th, 9:00 a.m., CDST and closes June 29th, 5:00 p.m., CDST. Winners will be announced in July!

The Rules

All you need to do is follow these two easy application steps:

If you DO NOT currently have a MissionBox organization profile:

  • Complete your organization’s profile on MissionBox. It is your responsibility to carefully follow and fully complete your organizational profile on MissionBox. This will allow the MissionBox Philanthropic Fund to ensure that applicants represent an actively registered charity or nonprofit. Only nonprofits and charities with completed profiles are eligible.

Register Your Organization on MissionBox

  • Next: Write a haiku about your organization's mission, and submit the haiku in an email to
  • The email should include:
    • A link to your registered MissionBox organization profile
    • The haiku that your organization created

If you DO have a current MissionBox organization profile:

  • Write a haiku about your organization's mission, and submit the haiku an email to
  • The email should include:
    • A link to your registered MissionBox organization profile
    • The haiku that your organization created

Note: Only one haiku per registered organization may be entered in the June 2018 grant.

All submitted organizational profiles and haikus may be subsequently published on MissionBox. Your organizational profile submission indicates that you agree to allow MissionBox to republish descriptions of your work, in any available medium, as attributed to you or your organization.

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase or fee is required to apply or be chosen as a grant recipient. Each organizational profile and a haiku entry may only be submitted once.
  • Submissions must be provided in English.
  • If an insufficient number of eligible entries are received, MissionBox reserves the right to award remaining grant funds in a future grant award program.

Applicants must be affiliated with an organization that is an IRS-approved nonprofit or a registered charity or NGO in the organization’s country of origin.

Qualified organizations will be asked to confirm that they comply with the following nonprofit operating guidelines:

  • Organization must have been a registered nonprofit, NGO or charity and in operation for at least one year.
  • Organization may be asked to verify the above by providing documentation.

In Addition:

  • Applicant agrees to allow MissionBox to publish information about the mission of the nonprofit or charity in any media format selected by MissionBox.
  • If requested, Applicant agrees to meet with a representative of the MissionBox Philanthropic Fund about his or her organization.
  • Applicant agrees to allow email and/or phone contact by MissionBox during and immediately after the grant selection.
  • Applicant agrees that all questions related to the grant application will be transmitted via email to Please do not call MissionBox with questions. Callers will become ineligible to receive a grant.
  • Any taxes incurred, or tax reporting required because of receiving grant funds are the responsibility of the recipient. Neither MissionBox, Inc. nor the MissionBox Philanthropic Fund shall be liable for deducting or reporting any tax associated with this transaction. This grant program is null and void in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law.
  • MissionBox employees, officers, directors, and shareholders, or members of their immediate families (spouse, children, brother, sister, mother, father) are not eligible to apply for grant awards.

The MissionBox Philanthropic Fund is a fund of the Austin Community Foundation (ACF).



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