Private Organizations & Foundations

The non-profit organizations and foundations listed below often offer funding opportunities.

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City.

    Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance

  • The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

    The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation makes grants primarily to non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status in specific counties in South and Central Texas.

  • AT&T Labs Research

    University collaboration is extremely valuable to AT&T Labs Research, bringing together graduate students with AT&T researchers to conduct original research on problems of importance to AT&T. Students, who come from top universities, benefit from having access to data, expertise, and mentoring, while working alongside researchers.

  • Axleson Gateway

    The mission of The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University is to enhance performance and effectiveness of organizations and individuals in the nonprofit sector through education, service and resources.

  • Bass (Harry W.) Foundation

    The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Texas by providing support to qualified organizations. Under the terms of its charter, the foundation can distribute grants only to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities. The Foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals.

    Grants are made in these five areas:

    • Arts and Culture
    • Civic and Community
    • Science and Research
    • Health and Human Services
    • Education
  • Bayer Crop Science

    At Bayer CropScience, everything starts with local insight. We dig deep into the specific issues farmers face. What’s keeping them awake at night? Is it a new pest or government regulations? Poor soil or lack of water?

  • Bayer Foundations

    Established in 2007, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation honors outstanding research achievements, assists talented young scientists and supports important scholastic projects. The support projects focus on science, technology and medicine. The Bayer Cares Foundation promotes voluntary projects by Bayer employees and citizens. It also helps people who find themselves in a situation of acute hardship following natural disasters, for example, through immediate relief and reconstruction projects.

  • Ben & Jerry's Foundation

    The Mission of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is to engage Ben & Jerry’s employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots progressive social change organizations around the country. Our interests are in furthering social justice, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable food systems. We are committed to supporting non-violent, thoughtful and strategic approaches. Our philanthropy is led by Ben & Jerry’s employees who serve on committees that review grants.

  • Benton Foundation

    The Benton Foundation works to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. We pursue this mission by seeking policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity, and by demonstrating the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all.

    The Benton Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or offer general grants. We are a private foundation, an institutional hybrid, bridging the worlds of philanthropy, public policy and community action. We assume diverse, crosscutting roles as nonpartisan knowledge broker, convener, public interest advocate and policy analyst. The Foundation has an endowment of approximately $10 million, the annual income from which is devoted to our own operating projects. Because of Benton's pioneering work, a number of foundations and corporations have provided additional funding.

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

  • Cargill Foundation

    Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, our privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York

    Carnegie Corporation of New York is a proactive grantmaker. Program staff identify organizations to implement projects designed to help the foundation attain its various programmatic goals. Our aim is to invest in innovative projects that can have measurable impact and can create meaningful, transformative change.

    Our approach to grantmaking means that nearly all of the organizations we fund are identified and contacted by Carnegie Corporation program officers. Intensive and collaborative planning between Carnegie Corporation and the institutions it has identified generally precedes the awarding of grants and is an integral step in its grantmaking.

  • Coca-Cola Foundation

    Between 2002 and 2010, our Foundation gave a total of $273 million. Our total charitable contributions during that period -- through our Foundation and contributions from our Company—were more than $690 million.

  • The Commonwealth Fund

    The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. We are dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured.

  • Council on Foundations Community Foundation Locator

    List of Foundations based on location

  • Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation

    The Foundation actively supports programs that meet the needs of economically disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.

  • The Dana Foundation

    The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.

  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation

    Delta provides knowledge, leaders and science-based solutions that efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future for waterfowl hunting.

  • Enbridge Inc. Community Investment

    At Enbridge, we believe a community belongs to everyone who lives there. And, no matter who we are or where we live, all of us want to make life better for our families, our friends, our neighbors and ourselves. We engage – as citizens and as corporations – because we want to make our communities safer, healthier, smarter, greener and more inspiring.

    Our perspective is holistic. Over the past decade, Enbridge has invested over $50 million across a diverse spectrum of initiatives aimed at strengthening our communities. In 2012, we invested close to $13 million in charitable, non-profit, and community organizations, benefiting more than 550 groups in Canada and the United States.

  • Engineering Information Foundation

    Our grant activity supports developmental projects, instructional projects, and training programs in engineering education and research that fit our fields of interest. These currently include the availability and use of published information, women in engineering, and information access in developing countries. You may want to review our recent grants to give you a better idea of the kinds of projects that interest us. We may infrequently sponsor proposals that do not fit strictly within our guidelines.

    What We'd Really Like to See

    • Innovative projects, with measurable results
    • Projects that promote significant and lasting change
    • Projects that can be successfully replicated elsewhere
    • Methodologies that are specific, well-defined and cost-effective
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  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

    Ewing Kauffman advised his associates to invest in people and be willing to take risks as we look for opportunities to promote positive education and accelerate entrepreneurship in America. We consider our grants to be investments, and we look for a return on the grant investments we make.

  • ExxonMobil Education Foundation

    The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. Founded in 1955 as Esso Education Foundation, the Foundation’s name was changed to ExxonMobil Foundation in 2000 following the merger of Exxon Corporation and Mobil Corporation.

  • First Nations Development Institute

    First Nations Development Institute’s grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts. - See more at:

  • Foundation Center Homepage

    Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world.

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  • Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

    The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (the Forum) is a national philanthropic leader and a network of 34 regional associations of grantmakers. It supports philanthropy by strengthening the ability of all regional associations to fulfill their missions; these associations promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy in order to improve life in their communities.

  • The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

    The purpose of the foundation, founded in 1965 by Paul F. Glenn, is to extend the healthy productive years of life through research on the mechanisms of biological aging.

  • Grantmakers in Health

    Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness

  • Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., Charitable Foundation

    The HEI Charitable Foundation is funded by the shareholders of Hawaiian Electric Industries and was organized in 1984 under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Emphasis will be given to funding programs in the following categories: Educational Excellence, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Growth.

  • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

    Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies. We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.

  • Horticulture Research Institute

    HRI strives to fund research that specifically deals with green industry related issues. HRI-supported projects focus on significant problems, regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the nursery and landscape industry.

    HRI research encourages environmentally responsible management practices, increases nursery crop producers' business or financial expertise, and improves and expands the market for plant material. HRI seeks to support research that has definable outcomes and represents a return on investment for the green industry.

    HRI research focuses on the propagation, production, distribution, marketing and sale of woody ornamental plants and perennials. HRI does not fund research related to annual floral crops, bedding plants and turf and educational programs with the exception of scholarships.

    Many grant applications that HRI receives do not meet these basic criteria. We encourage you to review the listings of HRI funded research and the research priorities listing before applying for a research grant.

  • Irvine Health Foundation

    Since 1985 Irvine Health Foundation has awarded over $25 million in grants to support programs that address the unmet health needs of Orange County. The foundation leverages its resources to support efforts that promote increasing access to quality health-related services as well as advancing health policy and initiatives designed to result in improved health status for residents of Orange County, California.

  • James S. McDonnell Foundation

    JSMF believes that private philanthropic support for science is most effective when it invests in the acquisition of new knowledge and in the responsible application of knowledge for solving the real world problems. Applicants are encouraged to keep this in mind when preparing proposals. Projects supported through the 21st Century Science Initiative are expected to meet highly selective intellectual standards.

    Interested in applying for a grant? JSMF supports research and scholarship via review of proposals submitted in response to to foundation-initiated programs and calls for proposals.

  • John Ball Zoo Society

    Annually, grants are given for one or more of the following purposes:

    1. To enhance or assist wild animal preservation, native and exotic, threatened and endangered, and their habitat management.
    2. To enhance or improve captive animal management including environmental design. Note: Grants are not awarded for exhibit development or graphics for AZA accredited zoos or zoo in North America.
    3. To assist in the development of education programming in concert with the above purposes
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

    United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers 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, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

  • The MacArthur Foundation

    MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

  • Meadows Foundation

    The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas.

    The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.

  • Merck Company Foundation

    At Merck, corporate responsibility is our daily commitment to discovering innovative solutions to the world's biggest health challenges.

  • National Wild Turkey Federation

    The NWTF — a national nonprofit organization — is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. On March 28, 1973, the Commonwealth of Virginia issued incorporation papers to a fledgling organization in Fredericksburg called the National Wild Turkey Federation. The NWTF has come a long way since its founding chief executive, Tom Rodgers, took $440 out of his own pocket to put this organization in motion. Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada. The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America — from a mere 30,000 in the entire United States to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

  • The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

    The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is an independent, nonprofit institute headquartered in Ardmore, Okla. Founded in 1945, the Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Open Society Foundations

    The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year. Explore our published grant opportunities and view eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

  • Research Corporation for Science Advancement

    RCSA is a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics, and related fields) at U.S. colleges and universities. It supports research independently proposed by college and university faculty members, convenes conferences and actively advocates for science advancement. RCSA is a strong supporter of improvements in science education.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Our mission: to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

    Through our investments in our grantees, we seek to improve the health and health care of all Americans. In 2012 we awarded $359 million in grants in seven program areas.

  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund

    The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Its grantmaking is organized in three thematic programs that support work in the United States and at the global level: Democratic Practice, Peacebuilding, and Sustainable Development, and in three pivotal place programs that address these themes in specific contexts: New York City, Southern China, and the Western Balkans. The Fund supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy.

  • The Russell Sage Foundation

    The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Located in New York City, it is a research center, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation's social science community. The foundation also publishes, under its own imprint, the books that derive from the work of its grantees and visiting scholars.

  • Social Science Research Institute

  • Surdna Foundation, Inc.

  • Texas Citrus Producers Board

  • Trull Foundation, The

  • Twentieth Century Fund

  • W. Alton Jones Foundation

  • Welch Foundation,

  • Welder Wildlife Fund

  • Wellspring Foundation

  • Whitaker Foundation

  • Wilburforce Foundation

  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation

  • Wray Trust

This page was last updated on: April 25, 2018