our goals

How We Work

The Novak Family Foundation works to identify passionate leaders who make a difference in the lives of people in need. The Lift a Life Foundation recognizes that without strong leaders and the resources to execute a large-scale vision, high impact in the nonprofit space is limited. We commit to partnering with organizations that have the leadership capability, the know-how and the personal passion to help their populations reach their full potential.


Developing Future Leaders

The Novak Family Foundation is investing in a leadership curriculum that teaches and prepares students to
think and act like 21 st -century leaders while making a difference in the world. We believe that by scaling these leadership programs, we can ignite potential leaders to make a difference in the lives of others and create a better culture. 


Empowering Juvenile Diabetics

The Novak Family Foundation founder, Wendy Novak was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of seven. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic disease that impacts the daily life of the patient and his or her family.  T1D impacts not only the physical well-being of a patient but also their social and emotional health.


Feeding the Hungry

Hunger is a basic need that must be eradicated before anyone can achieve their full potential. Hunger is a major problem in every community and around the world. The Novak Family Foundation is partnering with hunger relief agencies that are global and local to help feed more people.


Encouraging Early Childhood Education

We believe that the love of learning develops early in life and builds the foundation for educational success in the future. This is why investments in early childhood programs have the greatest returns. We are focused on equipping parents and early childhood educators with the tools needed to help their children reach their full educational potential.


Honoring Our Military Heroes

Military servicemen and women sacrifice in incredible ways to serve the United States. We desire to support these American Heroes by providing for their spouse and children. We partner with the Folds of Honor Foundation to support educational scholarships for the spouses and children of fallen or disabled servicemen who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Community Impact Grants

We learn from our community and state partners about projects in our focus areas through our Community Impact Grants program. These grants are given to local and statewide partners that serve our focus areas and have innovative proposals to meet the needs of their target audience. We get the opportunity to meet new leaders and scale fresh ideas through this innovative grants program. 



What We Do Not Fund

  • Direct donations or grants to individuals

  • Political campaigns and lobbying efforts

  • Travel

  • Unsolicited proposals from non - U.S. tax exempt organizations that are located outside the United States of America