Foundations, Corporations, and Other Funding Sources
 

American Express Philanthropic Grants Program
American Express supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations each year through its foundation and corporate giving activities. Grants are made under three program themes that reflect our company values and complement our business priorities. These three themes are: Community Service, Cultural Heritage, and Economic Independence.

American Geological Institute
Sponsors scholarships for geoscience majors from ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.

Ameritech Foundation
The foundation supports multistate (including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and national programs in education, regional economic development, and public policy. Areas of interest include health and human services, civic and community, elementary and secondary education, higher education, and arts and culture. Priority is given to grant requests that advance the applications of technology in ways that improve these program areas.

Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest manages five funding programs: the Performing Arts Touring Fund, Meet the Composer/Midwest, Jazz Satellite Touring Fund, Jazz Master Awards, and Artworks Fund. The Jazz Master Awards serve individual artists in Arts Midwest's nine-state region. The remaining programs assist presenters, galleries, and museums in the region in bringing Midwestern artists as well as national artists to their communities.

Asian Cultural Council
The Asian Cultural Council, a foundation supporting cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between the United States and the countries of Asia, is an affiliate of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

AT&T Foundation
AT&T supports a variety of comprehensive programs through direct grants and employee-directed contributions. We want our grants to serve as enablers in helping organizations fulfill their missions and expand their services into the community. Bringing the benefits of technology and employee engagement to the customer and the local communities where we have a presence is what we're all about. Therefore, it should be no surprise that many of the programs we fund are tied to inventive use of technology and the spirit of volunteerism. Our focus of support is in the following program areas at the intersection of society's needs and our corporate expertise and interests: Education, Arts and Cultures, and Civic and Community Service.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Bradley Foundation aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people and peoples of other nations. Projects likely to be supported by the Foundation will treat free men and women as genuinely self-governing, personally responsible citizens, aim to restore the intellectual and cultural legitimacy of citizenly common sense, seek to reinvigorate and re empower the traditional, local institutions, and will encourage decentralization of power away from centralized, bureaucratic, national institutions. Community and state projects in the areas of Milwaukee and Wisconsin will receive special consideration.

Otto Bremer Foundation
The Otto Bremer Foundation is to be an accessible and responsible financial resource to aid in the development and cohesion of communities within the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana. The foundation makes grants in four areas: Eliminating Racism, Communities, St. Paul, and Non-Geographic.

Carnegie Corporation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York was created in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding". Grants must benefit the people of the United States, although up to 7.4 percent of fund may be used for the same purpose on countries that are or have been members of the British Commonwealth, with a current emphasis on Commonwealth Africa. As a grantmaking foundation, the corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and permanent good in this world".

The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation aims to provide youth with the educational opportunities and support systems they need to become knowledgeable about the world in which they live and better able to give back to their communities. It offers support to public and private colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, teacher-training programs, educational programs for minority students and global educational programs. The Coca-Cola Foundation devotes much of its efforts to partnership in three main areas: 1)higher education, 2)classroom teaching and learning, and 3)global education.

Charles E. Culpeper Foundation (Merged with Rockefeller Brothers Fund)
The Culpeper foundation is a private non-profit foundation which makes grants in the following areas: Health,

The Foundation Center
The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The Center also maintains a list of nearly 200 grant making foundations and charities, with descriptions of the types of awards each makes.

William H. Gates Foundation
The William H. Gates Foundation supports initiatives in education, world health and population, and community giving in the Pacific Northwest.

J. Paul Getty Trust

Gill Foundation
The mission of the Gill Foundation is to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

the Goethe Institut
The Goethe Institut is a worldwide, non-profit, semi-private organization promoting the German language and culture. It is partially funded by the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Goethe Institut offers German language courses, cultural programs, information resources, and The Goethe Medal.

Guggenheim Foundation
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts.

Heartland Arts Fund
The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Mid-America Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest. The fund enriches the cultural life of communities in a 15 state region (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin) through support of touring performing arts programs.

Herb Society of America
The Herb Society of America issues grants to further the knowledge and use of herbs and contribute the results of the study and research to the records of horticulture, science, literature, history, art, and/or economics. Eligible to persons with a proposed program of scientific, academic, or artistic investigation of herbal plants.

George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowships
The Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Ten fellowships will be offered for the 2004-2005 fellowship year to support persons engaged in independent projects in the following fields: 2004-2005: Creative Writing in English including Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Essays and Creative Non-Fiction The Foundation will make future awards in a sequence which represents a two-year cycle devoted to the Arts followed by a year devoted to the Social Sciences. Future awards are anticipated in the following fields: 2005-2006: Literary Criticism, Film Criticism and Translation 2006-2007: Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy 2007-2008: Painting, Sculpture and Art History Stipends for one year are normally $20,000. There are no residency requirements.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants research fellowships and research awards to highly qualified scholars and scientists of all nationalities not resident in Germany, enabling them to undertake periods of research in Germany as well as research fellowships to German scholars. Programs include a 2-year post-doc fellowship or summer fellowship for U.S. scientists and scholars, the German Chancellor scholarship for prospective leaders in academic, economic, political, and social fields, and the Transcoop program which supports research cooperation among German, American, and/or Canadian scholars in humanities, social sciences, economics and law.

Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation supports programs in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, performance art, the visual arts, multidisciplinary work and arts criticism. The Foundation is concerned with providing financial assistance to emerging creative artists of promise, most often assisted through programs operated by nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. The Foundation focuses on artists who are living and working in Minnesota and New York City.

Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to strengthen public policies in ways that improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Its program areas are Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics, and Culture.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation's mission is to apply knowledge to solve the problems of people. Their main interests are in Health; Food Systems and Rural Development; Youth and Education, and Higher Education; and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Funding for Leadership; Information Systems/Technology; Capitalizing on Diversity; and Social and Economic Community Development is woven throughout the above interests.

Leakey Foundation
The Leakey Foundation was formed to further research into human origins, behavior, and survival. Recent priorities include research into the environments, archeology, and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; into the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primate species; and into the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter gatherers. Other areas of study have been funded occasionally.

Lindbergh Foundation
These grants primarily support projects geared to addressing the balance of technological growth with the preservation of the human and natural environment. Areas of study include agriculture, biomedical research, conservation of natural resources, health and population sciences, oceanography, waste disposal management, and wildlife preservation.

3M
3M supports: 1. Education, targeted to higher education in science, technology, and business. 2. Health and human services targeted to agencies/programs that improve quality and address gaps in service delivery systems. Special interests are in youth development, parenting and strengthening families. Special consideration is given to charities that serve disadvantaged communities. 3. Enhancing creative and cultural life in 3M communities through grants to major arts organizations. Special consideration is given to organizations that collaborate with others and partner with education. 4. Efforts targeting economic and community development and job training, making 3M communities a better place to live. Fund programs in trade, economics and law that foster a free-enterprise system.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation makes grants primarily through eight programs: Community Initiatives, Education, General, Health, Fellows, Peace, Population, and Environment.

The Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation
The foundation provides two major grants programs in the areas of Journalism and Education. They also have programs for Communities and Citizenship.

McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation strives to help individuals, families, and communities become more productive and self-sufficient. They support nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the following areas and for the following purposes: Human Services: To assist organizations working with individuals and families whose opportunities are limited by social, institutional, or economic barriers. Communities: To strengthen neighborhoods and communities and enhance their economic vitality. Housing: To help meet the growing need for affordable housing in urban and rural areas. Public Affairs: To advance understanding of important community issues and encourage citizens to participate in public decision-making. Arts: To expand access to the arts, encourage and support excellence, and improve the management of arts organizations. Environment: To maintain and restore the health of the Mississippi River and to encourage energy conservation and the use of alternative energy in Minnesota. International: To support projects enhancing women's economic opportunities in three African countries; to strengthen health services and human development programs in three Southeast Asian countries; and to support international conflict resolution and human rights. Research and Applied Science: To support scientific research related to memory, eating disorders, and plant biology related to food crops important in less developed countries.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The purpose of the Foundation is to "aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind." The Foundation currently makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; in cultural affairs and the performing arts; in population; in conservation and the environment; and in public affairs.

Microsoft Corporation
Driven by the belief that amazing things happen when people get the resources they need, Microsoft has been using technology to spark the potential in individuals and communities since 1983. Last year alone, Microsoft and its employees gave over $246.9 million to help people and communities realize their potential. The Corporation is serious about making the world a better place and strives to make this happen by making significant contributions to broadening access to technology and creating digital opportunities.

Mott Foundation
The Mott Foundation's grantmaking is organized into four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint, and Poverty. The mission of the Civil Society program is to strengthen citizen and nonprofit sector engagement in support of free and pluralistic democratic societies, with primary geographic focus on the United States, Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa, and at the global level. The mission of the Environmental grantmaking is to "support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world". The mission of the Flint Area program is to foster a well-functioning, connected community that is capable of meeting the economic, social, and racial challenges ahead. The mission of the Poverty program is to nurture systemic change, create opportunities that empower people and identify new paradigms for alleviating poverty.

Merck Family Fund
The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co. He created the fund for two principal reasons: 1) To do good with the resources acquired through the company's success. 2) To create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together. Fund goals: To restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come; To strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

NEC Foundation of America
The NEC corporate philosophy is reflected in the focus of NEC Foundation of America, which is on organizations and programs with national reach and impact in one or both of the following arenas: science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities.

National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society (NGS) awards grants for exploration and scientific field-research through its Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE). All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension, and relevance to other scientific fields. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.

Noyes Foundation
The Noyes Foundation is committed to protecting and restoring Earth's natural systems and promoting a sustainable society by strengthening individuals, institutions and communities pledged to pursuing those goals. The Foundation makes grants primarily in the areas of environment and reproductive rights. The components of our program are: Toxics, sustainable agriculture, sustainable communities, reproductive rights, metro New York environment, and related interests.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: Science, Children, Population, Conservation, Arts and Film Preservation, Education, Community and Special Areas that include Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy.

The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Trusts make grants to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy, religion, and several interdisciplinary issues.

QWest
The Qwest Foundation awards grants that generate high impact and measurable results through community-based programs, including K-12 education and economic development.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Fund makes grants in five areas. The first, "One World", is made up of two components, Sustainable Resource Use and World Security, and the major portion of grant funds are applied to this area. Projects are located, for the most part, in East Asia, East Central Europe, or the United States. The other four areas are Nonprofit Sector, Education, New York City, and Special Concerns (South Africa).

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is a philanthropic organization chartered for the well-being of people throughout the world. The Foundation's work is divided among the following program areas: the arts and humanities, equal opportunity and school reform, agricultural sciences, health sciences, population sciences, global environment, and African initiatives including female education.

Sprint
The Sprint Foundation "serves to extend the community leadership position of the corporation and the active participation of its employees in civic and charitable endeavors". The Foundation makes direct grants and also administers a matching gifts program for Sprint employees and retirees. The Foundation's charitable giving program emphasizes support of local and regional organizations in those communities in which the corporation has a major presence. Support of national organizations with a broad sphere of interest is considered on a case by case basis. Major areas of interest include education, arts and culture, community improvement, and youth development.

The Turner Foundation
The Turner Foundation supports conservation and preservation issues by offering programs in the following categories: Energy, Water/Toxins, Forests/Habitats, and Population.

USBancorp
The sponser provides funding to non-profit organizations in their 24-state banking region, focusing on community development.

W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research
The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research provides a base for a broad range of American-led scholarly research projects in archaeological, art historical, textual and historical studies of the ancient Near East, from the prehistoric to the pre-modern periods. Located in an historic building in Jerusalem, the Albright Institute provides fellowships to scholars from pre-doctoral to post-doctoral levels.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Foundation's broad purpose is to promote the well-being of mankind by supporting selected activities of a charitable nature, as well as organizations or institutions engaged in such activities. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, performing arts, population, environment, conflict resolution, family and community development, and U.S.-Latin American relations. Special projects outside these broad areas may from time to time be approved by the Board of Directors.