Corporate and Foundation Funding

The Foundation Center and the Chronicle of Philanthropy are primary sources for researching private sector philanthropy.  If you need assistance identifying funding prospects, contact Patricia Doyle '69, CFR Director at ext. 4856.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. foundations and the types of grants they award. The Center also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The CFR Director has access to the Foundation Center Online Database.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides news and information on non-profit organizations in the areas of health, education, religion, the arts, social services, and other fields. Along with news, it offers such service features as lists of grants, fundraising ideas and techniques, statistics, and reports.

Select Corporate and Foundation Resources

The following is a sampling, intended to give you an idea of the types of funding opportunities available through foundations and corporate giving programs.

AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Foundation

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the U.S. and around the globe. One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.6 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities - breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program

Since 1965, hundreds of vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program, the nation's premier higher education leadership development program in preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities. The ACE Fellows Program is unique in comparison to other leadership development programs in higher education.

American Council of Learned Societies

The mission of the American Council of Learned Societies is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies." ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

American Chemical Society

The organization provides a broad range of opportunities for peer interaction and career development, regardless of professional or scientific interests.

American Political Science Association

The Association brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors in order to expand awareness and understanding of political life.

American Psychological Foundation

The Foundation has focused on advancing psychology through fostering the best and the brightest students, supporting cutting-edge research, and recognizing those psychologists whose excellent projects, research, and careers light the way for what can be done to benefit humanity.

American Sociological Association

The American Sociological Association provides funding opportunities to graduate students of sociology and sociologists with doctorates.

Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global forum for leveraging the power of leaders to improve the human condition.

Association for Institutional Research

Grants and scholarships supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are available to staff and faculty of post-secondary education institutions. The goals of the grant and scholarship program are to provide opportunities for professional development, to foster the use of federal databases in postsecondary education decision-making, and to foster the use of the federal databases to inform research on issues in postsecondary education.

Braitmayer Foundation

The Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives, and preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation established to advance the medical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The mission of the Barbara Bush Foundation is to establish literacy as a value in every home in America, by helping every family in the nation understand that the home is the child's first school, and that the parent is the child's first teacher, and that reading is the child's first subject; and to break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy, by supporting the development of family literacy programs where parents and children can learn and read together.

Camargo Foundation

The Camargo Foundation maintains a study center in Cassis, France, for the benefit of scholars who wish to pursue projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. The Foundation also sponsors creative projects by visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, video artists, composers, and writers.

Campus Compact

The Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York seeks to carry out Andrew Carnegie's vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim 'to do real and permanent good in this world.' Currently the Foundation's work is focused in 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.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and communities fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.

National Gallery of Art - Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Visiting Senior Fellowship Program Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form.

The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances.

Erasmus Institute

The Erasmus Institute was founded to foster research grounded in Catholic intellectual traditions and focused on significant issues in contemporary scholarship. Its mission is not to advance study of the church or theology as such but, rather, to bring resources from two millennia of Catholic thought to bear on problems in the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

Fetzer Institute

The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit. Our current program focus includes the areas of science, leadership, integral practice, and philanthropy.

Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a limited number of residential fellowships for periods of six to nine months. Successful candidates will be advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields and whose research projects are appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library.

Freedom Forum

The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on four main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms, newsroom diversity, and world press freedom.

Helene Fuld Health Trust

The Helene Fuld Health Trust is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

German Academic Service (DAAD)

The activities of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—today one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field—illustrate the terms of reference within which academic exchange and international cooperation in science and art progress as part of the essential creative forces of the modern world. Their development is determined by individuals and their study and research projects, by the scientific community, and by the expectations and views of society, as well as and also by what is technically possible, coupled with economic interests and political goals.

William T. Grant Foundation

The Foundation supports high-quality empirical studies designed to improve youth settings and increase our understanding of how those settings work. The Foundation is also focused on understanding how and under what conditions research evidence is used to influence policy and practice that affect youth.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

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. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

The Hearst Foundations

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc. are dedicated to assisting institutions to provide access and opportunity to underrepresented, low-income, and minority populations. The Foundations primary focus is on undergraduate education with support also for professional study at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Foundations also supports the areas of health, social services, and culture.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in conflict resolution, education, environment, family and community development, performing arts, population, and U.S.-Latin American relations.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Foundation is devoted solely to the public's health. Its efforts focus on 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. It invests in improving systems through which people receive care and in fostering environments that promote health and prevent disease and injury. The Foundation works with a diverse group of dedicated people and organizations to address problems at their roots and to help make a difference on the widest scale-particularly for the most vulnerable among us. The Foundation's program areas are: childhood obesity; coverage; human capital; pioneer; public health; quality/equality; and vulnerable populations.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

The Kellogg Foundation focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming.

Louisville Institute

The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might stimulate and inform the other. It seeks to enhance understanding of American religion and to encourage the vitality of American religious institutions through a program of conferences and grantmaking, with particular attention to the situation of Protestantism, Catholicism, historic African-American churches, and the Hispanic religious experience.

Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The endowment supports religion, education, and community development, with special emphasis on initiatives that benefit youth, that foster philanthropic leadership among nonprofit institutions, and that promotes the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism.

The Henry Luce Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Luce Foundation pursues its mission today through the following grant-making programs: American Art; East Asia; Luce Scholars; Theology; Higher Education and the Henry R. Luce Professorships; the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs; Public Policy and the Environment; and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Grants on a selective basis for higher education; cultural affairs, including the humanities, museums, art conservation, and performing arts; conservation and the environment; and public affairs.

National Research Council

The National Research Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine.

Public Welfare Foundation

The Public Welfare Foundation is a non-governmental grant-making organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide services to disadvantaged populations and work for lasting improvements in the delivery of services that meet basic human needs.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Formerly known as the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, the Institute is a multidisciplinary residential research center that offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers.

Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement

Supports research in physics, chemistry, and astronomy at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities. The foundation makes between 200 and 300 awards annually under programs that encourage beginning faculty members, original ideas, and the involvement of students in scientific investigation.

Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in the basic sciences and mathematics. The Foundation sponsors a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper, more fundamental understanding of our world. The Simons Foundation has three focus areas for its grant programs:

  • Mathematics & the Physical Sciences (MPS) – The primary focus of the Foundation’s MPS program is on the theoretical sciences radiating from mathematics: in particular, the fields of mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics.
  • Life Sciences – The Simons Foundation’s initial support of life sciences work has tended to focus on research that promotes synergy between biology and mathematics.
  • Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) – To date, the Simons Foundation’s single largest initiative has been in autism research. The SFARI program seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing, and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Grants are made primarily to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, economic performance and the quality of American life. The Foundation has a deep-rooted belief that carefully reasoned systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

The SSRC nurtures new generations of social scientists, fosters innovative research, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. The SSRC is devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences by means of a wide variety of interdisciplinary workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, and publications; the council also offers support for dissertation fellowships, grants for advanced research, and grants to institutions.

Soros Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek 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. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Spencer Foundation

The Foundation supports efforts that investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The Foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy and practice through its communications and networking activities.

Surdna Foundation

The Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. It encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights. Its vision is derived from the late Sir John Templeton's optimism about the possibility of acquiring "new spiritual information" and from his commitment to rigorous scientific research and related scholarship.

Women's Sports Foundation

Founded by former tennis player Billie Jean King, the Foundation is a national nonprofit member/donor-based organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for girls and women in sports and fitness through education, participation, leadership, advocacy, and grants.


If you know of a foundation that you think might be useful to others and would like to have it included on this page, or have other suggestions, please contact the CFR Director at ext. 4856.