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Foundation Center
Provides resources and services helpful to grant seekers, including information on its resources and services, its Philanthropy News Digest, and basic guidelines on how to research funding opportunities. It also provides links to grant making foundations, corporations, and local funders on the Internet. Services include the following:
The Grantsmanship Center Council on Foundations
Rural Information Center
Fundsnet Online Services
Michigan State University Grants and Related Resources
Penn State Office of Sponsored Programs
Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs
Corporate Information This subscription-based service provides financial information on more than 39,000 companies worldwide.

Researching tax returns and information about the nonprofit sector:
Try these sites for your search for tax information about private foundations (IRS Form 990-PF and IRS Form 990-AR) or when seeking basic information about the nonprofit sector:

Internal Revenue Service
National Center for Charitable Statistics
Economic Research Institute
National Institutes of Health Grant writing basics

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Private Foundations And Grant-Making Organizations: A Sampling

Alcoa Foundation – environment, empowerment, education, sustainable design.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – fellowships, awards to partner with educators and researchers around the world on research projects in Germany.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – advances science, engineering, technology innovation; serves as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association; spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

American Association of University Women -- fellowships and grants to women and nonprofits, especially at the graduate level.

American Chemical Society (The Petroleum Research Fund) –funds research related to petroleum or fossil fuels, usually at colleges and universities.

American Council of Learned Societies – support for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences; fellowship competitions for scholars at all career stages from graduate students to distinguished professors to independent scholars; programs address digital humanities, collaborative research, postdoctoral opportunities.

The American Philosophical Society -- engages scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural affairs through elected membership and opportunities for interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship; supports research through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education; serves scholars through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their historic value.

American Political Science Association -- professional organization for the study of political science.

The Annenberg Foundation -- arts, education, health and human services, public media, animal services, civic responsibility, professional educational development

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation -- grants to non-profit research institutions for chemistry and the life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Association for Asian Studies -- scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia.

AT&T Foundation – education, with special emphasis on programs designed to create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs.

Benton Foundation -- to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications, which it believes is essential to a strong democracy; develops and provides effective information and communication tools and strategies to equip and engage individuals and organizations in the emerging digital and communications environment.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- works to reduce inequities and improve lives. Grant making focus on Global Development (poverty, agricultural development, emergency relief, access to technology and libraries, and water and sanitation), Global Health (controlling/eliminating AIDS and Malaria, as well as nutrition, tobacco issues, polio, tuberculosis and other diseases) United States, which focuses on community grants, libraries and learning.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund -- advancing the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities; program areas include basic biomedical sciences, infectious diseases, interfaces between physical and biological sciences, translational research, and science education.

Bristol Meyers Squibb Co. Foundation -- reduce health disparities; special emphasis on programs to improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa; hepatitis in Asia; type 2 diabetes; mental health and well-being in the U.S., and cancer in Europe.

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Carnegie Corporation of New York -- focused on two integrated programs: the National Program, which includes support for education as a pathway to citizenship, and the International Program, which addresses international peace and security issues.

Creative Capital -- integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing projects in five areas: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

Earth Watch Institute -- supports long-term scientific field research that tackles the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation -- support and promote the understanding of Chinese culture and society; grant programs regionally based: Taiwan; U.S., Canada, Mexico; Europe; Asia-Pacific (Hong Kong and Macau).

The Nathan Cummings Foundation -- seeks to build a socially and economically just society that values and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.

Charles A. Dana Foundation -- health and science, particularly neuroscience.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations -- support for private higher education; secondary education to strengthen teachers and their teaching in high schools; health care with emphasis on caring attitudes; public television; graduate theological education.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation -- advance the sciences of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances.

Gebbie Foundation -- grants primarily for the arts, children and youth services, community development, education, human services; strategic focus to rejuvenate downtown Jamestown, New York, through economic development.

General Motors Foundation – education, health and human services, environment and energy, and community development.

George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation -- limited number of fellowships for independent projects in selected fields; targeted to early mid-career individuals and those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. In 2012, some 10 fellowships will be awarded in photography, anthropology, archaeology.

Getty Foundation -- advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts, primarily through initiatives that target a particular issue or region and that are carried out in collaboration with the other Getty programs: J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute.

J. Paul Getty Trust -- advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts. Through strategic grants and programs, strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts.

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation -- humanities, research libraries, and New York City performing arts organizations.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts -- project-based grants to individuals and organizations; produces public programs to foster the development/exchange of ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Great Lakes Protectional Fund -- to identify, demonstrate, and promote regional action to enhance the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation -- research at the postdoctoral level (though not necessarily requiring a Ph.D.) to provide a better understanding of violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change; dissertation fellowships to support individuals only during the writing of their Ph.D. dissertation; primary areas of support include anthropology, biological sciences, sociology, history, political science, psychology.

Ford Foundation -- supports visionary leaders and organizations working on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Focuses on nine issues: Human Rights; Democratic and Accountable Government; Educational Opportunity and Scholarship; Economic Fairness; Metropolitan Opportunity; Sustainable Development; Freedom of Expression; Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Social Justice Philanthropy.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation -- fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.

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The William Randolph Hearst Foundations – helping institutions provide access and opportunity to underrepresented, low-income, and minority populations. Primary focus is undergraduate education with support for professional study at the undergraduate and graduate level. Giving also in the health, social services, culture.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -- grants to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world; focuses on education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population.

The Heinz Endowments – fields of emphasis include philanthropy in general and its five programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Education; Environment; and Innovation Economy. Although most giving is within southwestern Pennsylvania, it works wherever necessary to fulfill its mission to help the region thrive as a whole community - economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally - while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which it works.

Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research -- seeks to make science integral to decision-making with regard to the Hudson River and its watershed, and to support competent stewardship of this extraordinary resource. Pursued through support of scientific research; communication to expand knowledge about the river among the scientific community, policy makers, and the public at large; initiatives to enhance management of the Hudson ecosystem; education about the River; and physical improvements to the riverfront.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy -- the advancement of research and understanding in social sciences: in psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, political science, and other disciplines. Direct assistance to individual scholars who require small grants to further their research with emphasis on policy-oriented studies.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute -- advancing biomedical research and science education in the U.S.

IBM International Foundation -- supports organizations involved with arts and culture, K-12 education, the environment, health, employment, human services, diversity, science, public policy research, and minorities.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation -- to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation -- medicine and health; enhancing and improving health professional and medical education to better the health of the public. Priorities include: medical and health professional education programs in the context of the changing healthcare system; programs which devise or complement educational strategies likely to improve and/or increase care for the underserved populations; programs that demonstrate or encourage ways to increase teamwork between and among healthcare professionals; and projects that increase diversity in medical and health professional education and in the health professions.

Joyce Foundation -- to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, to reduce poverty and violence in the region, and to ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs, and a diverse and thriving culture. Special interest in improving public policies, the environment, and the health of our communities. Also supports reform of the system of financing election campaigns.

W.M. Keck Foundation -- Early Learning Program, Science and Engineering Program, Liberal Arts Program, Medical Research Program, and the Southern CA Program; Concentration on strengthening studies and programs in accredited colleges and universities, medical schools, and major independent medical research institutions in the areas of earth science, engineering, medical research, and to some extent, other sciences, and the liberal arts.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation -- funds programs and projects that support children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Knight Foundation - advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight Brothers owned newspapers; focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and that lead to transformational change.

George Lucas Educational Foundation -- transforming the learning process by helping educators implement strategies that empower students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively solve problems, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.

Henry Luce Foundation -- Asian affairs, American art, public policy and the environment, theology, advancement of women in science and engineering, higher education. Grants in public policy and the environment to support the study of critical issues and environmental training and research.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -- in addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

The Markle Foundation -- use emerging communication and information technologies to address critical public needs, with emphasis on health and national security.

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William G. McGowan Charitable Fund -- giving to inner-city educational organizations, advanced college business scholarships, and medical research.

The McKnight Foundation – arts, environment, education and learning, neuroscience, international, initiatives for Minnesota.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation -- grants on a selective basis for higher education; cultural affairs, including the humanities, museums, art conservation, performing arts; conservation and the environment; and public affairs.

The Merck Company Foundation -- healthcare access and capacity building, educational opportunities and academic achievement, and quality of life issues facing the world's communities.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation -- supports the richness and diversity of the region’s arts resources and promotes wider access to the art and artists of the region, nation and world.

Milken Family Fund -- education and medical research.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation -- help students who have physical, mental, or learning disabilities.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation -- focus on civil society, the environment, poverty.

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research -- long-term, high-quality programs for post-doctoral research on the social, political, economic, environmental, and historical development of Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe.

National Geographic Society -- geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

NEC Foundation – eliminating the digital divide; social innovation; youth education/creativity; protecting the earth’s environment; realizing a diverse and thriving society.

New York Foundation for the Arts -- to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives.

New York Council for the Humanities -- to help New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. A statewide resource for support of a wide variety of lectures, festivals, panel discussions, walking tours, and the planning and implementation of exhibitions and other ventures at small and large not-for-profit institutions throughout New York State.

Smith Richardson Foundation -- help address serious public policy challenges facing the U.S. Seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- improving the lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth's natural systems.

The Pew Charitable Trusts -- supports nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy, religion.

Research Corporation for Science Advancement – funding for early career teacher-scholars at leading U.S. colleges and universities; works to improve U.S. science education by advocating that undergraduate students participate in their mentors’ cutting-edge research. Funding for early career faculty; innovative ideas for transformative research; integration of research and science teaching; interdisciplinary research; building tomorrow’s academic cultures

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- improving both the health of everyone in America, and their health care: how it's delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families. Invests in improving systems through which people receive care and in fostering environments that promote health and prevent disease and injury. Program areas: childhood obesity; coverage; human capital; pioneer; public health; quality/equality; and vulnerable populations.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund -- supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy. Programs are intended to develop leaders, strengthen institutions, engage citizens, build community, and foster partnerships that include government, business, and civil society. Respect for cultural diversity and ecological integrity pervades the Fund's activities.

Rockefeller Foundation -- supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges.

Russell Sage Foundation -- devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation -- supports original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, economic performance and the quality of American life. Seeks proposals for original projects with a high expected return to society which are led by outstanding individuals or teams and for which funding from the private sector, government or other foundations is not yet widely available.

Social Science Research Council -- development and administration of competitive or institutional peer-reviewed fellowship and grants. Programs are targeted to a problem, promote individual and institutional change, generate new knowledge and build networks.

Open Society Foundations -- works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens; seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media; builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Places a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Spencer Foundation -- cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education to improve students’ lives and enrich society. Awards research grants and fellowships; seeks to strengthen the connections among education research, policy and practice through its communications and networking activities.

The John Templeton Foundation -- serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will.

Turner Foundation, Inc. -- makes grants in the areas of the environment and population.

UPS Foundation -- programs designed to promote economic and global literacy; environmental sustainability; nonprofit effectiveness; diversity; community safety.

Wallace Foundation -- to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices with the objectives to strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement, enhance out-of-school time learning opportunities, and build appreciation and demand for the arts.

Wenner-Gren Foundation -- support for significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation; seeks to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology.

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Professional Organizations, Service Clubs, Nonprofit Organizations That Award Grants

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Additional Resources

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
CUR Proposal Writing Institute:

CUR Dialogues
Designed to bring faculty and administrators to Washington, D.C. to interact with federal agency program officers and other grant funders

National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF Grant Proposal Guide (2010):

NSF Day (Toledo Sample):

NSF Regional Grants conference (2012):

NSF FastLane Outreach Activities

NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

NSF Division-Specific Proposal Writing Guides/Workshops
(Division of Undergraduate Education – DUE)

The Implementation Group (TIG)
Proposal planning/writing workshops (Search grant opportunities)
College Art Association
FundSource (behavioral & social sciences)
GrantsNet (postdoc, grad students, sciences)
ResearchResearch Database

Email Alert Services and Newsletters

COS Funding Alert (Subscription)
NSF  /  USDE – EDInfo
National Criminal Justice Reference Svc (US DOJ) - JUSTINFO

Electronic Newsletters
DOE - DOE Pulse
IMLS - Primary Source
NYS Assembly - Grants Action News
NYSTAR - E-Newsletter
PND – Philanthropy News Digest
Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Grants Information Collection – from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a list of online newsletters and periodical for philanthropy

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