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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Hamels Foundation?

The Hamels Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation that was founded in September 2008 by Cole and Heidi Hamels.

The goal of The Hamels Foundation is to support low-income inner-city school systems in the United States through their grant programs, which provide for construction, educational supplies, and provisions as well as scholarship opportunities for continuing education of students.

Extending globally, The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to building a Primary School (Grades 108) in the Namunda Village of Malawi, Africa.  We     celebrated groundbreaking in November, 2012 and our first school blocks are under construction throughout 2013.  Previously, donations to The Hamels Foundation provided a clean water source for both the village and the school.  We look forward to welcoming the first students as well as teachers in the fall of 2013.

For more information visit our Projects page.

Q: How can I apply for a scholarship?

The Hamels Foundation will be offering college assistance scholarships for students for the upcoming academic year. These scholarships will be available only to students graduating from Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Missouri; Eldon High School, Eldon, Missouri, Springfield Missouri High Schools, Springfield Missouri and Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, California. Please contact your High School Counselor for details.

Q: How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved supporting The Hamels Foundation,some requiring more commitment than others – from spreading awarenessamongst friends, holding a fundraiser in your school or community and donating your time

We encourage you to read the following volunteering options and decideon the task that is right for you. Each task listed below, be it largeor small, fills an important role.

This is your chance to act and do something positive in your community.We greatly appreciate the effort and can't wait to hear from you. 

* Attend an event

* Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter

* Join our newsletter to receive our updates

* Get involved in our "Educate A Child - Leave a Legacy" program

* Hold a fundraiser for your school or organization

Q: How can my school apply for a grant in the United States?

The Hamels Foundation is currently accepting applications for their annual Partners in Educations Awards for both the Springfield, MO and Philadelphia, PA areas, as wells as their surrounding communities. Grants will be reviewed by our Grant Selection Committee and awarded based on available funding and grant guideline criteria. The deadline for grant submissions is March 15 of each calendar year. Awards will be announced no later than June 1 of each calendar year. NOTE: Beginning in 2015, funding requests for technology-based requests will not be considered.Click here to apply.

Q: How can I get The Hamels Foundation or Cole Hamels items for my event?

The Hamels Foundation supports a select number of charitable organizations and education institutions with in-kind donations. Donations of select The Hamels Foundation or Cole Hamels items are made to charitable organizations and education institutions serving the greater Philadelphia, PA and Springfield, MO communities and areas served by The Hamels Foundation. Per policy, The Hamels Foundation does not accept any requests for personal appearances by Cole Hamels. All requests must be made using the Autographed Item Fundraising Event Request From and adhere to our policy standards.


Q: Where Is The Hamels Foundation Retail Store?

In an effort to better meet the needs of the communities served by The Hamels Foundation, the organization recently merged all offices into one central location at their headquarters based in Springfield, MO. Philadelphia area supporters interested in staying connected to the Foundation's ongoing initiatives in the local community are encouraged to follow us on social media! In addition, you can still purchase your favorite foundation items and Cole Hamels autographed memorabilia through our website at ! Thank you so much for your continued support as we work to improve education for children throughout our communities! Please call 417-988-2369 for more information.

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Q: How can my non-profit organization apply for a grant?

Effective October 2014, The Hamels Foundation Board of Directors made the decision to no longer accept unsolicited grant proposals from other non-profit organizations. Those grant requests will be accepted on an invitation-only basis.