Funding / Fundraising
Foundations and Directories
The Annie E. Casey Foundation – a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. The primary mission 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 neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs, Baltimore, MD. Read fact sheet with an overview of the Foundation's work.
The Allstate Foundation – committed to targeting long-term resources to ending domestic violence and providing a comprehensive network of services for domestic violence survivors and advocates, including: direct services (financial empowerment curriculum), thought leadership (national conferences and other events) and public awareness, Northbrook, IL.
Avon Foundation for Women – the Foundation is committed to helping educate and empower women and bringing an end to domestic violence. As a significant leader in women's empowerment and health, we are proud to expand our support for the domestic violence cause with the new program Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, New York, NY.
Wise Giving Alliance
of Federal Domestic Assistance
Chicago Foundation for Women – believes that all women and girls should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and live in safe, just and healthy communities. The Foundation influences women's and girls' human rights through grantmaking, advocacy, leadership development and public and grantee education, Chicago, IL.
Click to Empower – The Allstate Foundation created the Economics Against Abuse program in partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to spread awareness of domestic and economic abuse and empower survivors to lead financially independent lives. This program has two funding programs: Economic Empowerment Grant Program, Education and Job Training Assistance Fund, Northbrook, IL.
The Effective Exit ~ Managing the End of a Funding Relationship, GrantCraft – in grantmaking, is there such a thing as the good goodbye? Yes, say contributors to this guide, who have found ways to plan for exits upfront, clarify expectations with grantee organizations and overcome the tensions that so often arise. Learn how to use the end of a funding relationship to boost a grantee's capacity, find new sources of support and even multiply the value of the foundation's investment.
Foundation Center – a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs, New York, NY.
Fund for a Just Society, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations – grants are made to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that: 1) Use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just Society; 2) Mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power and the right to self-determination; and 3) Have an active focused campaign to create systemic change, Boston, MA.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues – working side-by-side with funders and our movement's organizations through three decades, Funders for LGBTQ Issues remains the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving to LGBTQ communities, New York, NY.
Funding for Inclusion ~ Women and Girls in the Equation, GrantCraft – foundations in Europe can play a much larger role in improving the position of women and girls. This guide reflects on how gender considerations are being addressed in European foundation programmes, processes and procedures and it provides a wealth of practical examples and recommendations to inspire other foundations to do so.
Fundraising Resources for Women and Girls Worldwide – this resource guide seeks to provide an overview of resources, guides, and sources of funding for organizations working with women and girls.
Fundsnet Service's Women's Resources – a listing of foundations for programs that serve women and girls.
Global Fund for Women – a grantmaking foundation supporting women’s human rights organizations around the world working to address critical issues such as gaining economic independence, increasing girls’ access to education and stopping violence against women, San Francisco, CA. See 25th Anniversary Timeline.
Good360 (formerly GIfts In Kind International) – fulfills the needs of nonprofits with corporate product donations. We are driven by a vision that demands constant innovation, leveraging the latest technological and social networking developments to create new and engaging online solutions that strengthen nonprofits and expand corporate citizenship, Alexandria, VA.
Writers – your one stop source for fast and effective grant writing tools.
GrantSmart – on-line tax return database for non-profit organizations.
GrantStation – an interactive website that allows grantseekers to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, and mentors you through the grantseeking process, Fairbanks, AK.
GrantWatch.com – the only website that provides a comprehensive listing of the most current funding opportunities: Federal, Foundation grants for nonprofits, for-profits, preschools, education, community, faith-based organizations, universities, small businesses and government. GrantWatch.com was development in response to the need to bring more program dollars to Community Based Organizations.
Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training – a resource center and support network by and for folks who raise money for social justice, Oakland, CA.
GuideStar – the mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving, Williamsburg, VA and Washington, DC. Read Blogs.
International Human Rights Funders Group – for grantmakers and grantseekers who have an interest in human rights. Whether you seek or make human rights grants, or are interested in exploring the relevance of human rights for the work you currently do, we hope you find the site a valuable resource, New York, NY.
The Mary Byron Project – under the direction of our Board of Advisors and Overseers, we foster and support innovative solutions to domestic violence across the country. Our organization receives further guidance from our National Advisory Board, a group of experts within the industry who are committed to the work of the Mary Byron Project. With decades of experience between them, they identify trends in the field and provide valuable input on our award-offering process, Louisville, KY.
Mary Kay Foundation – dedicated to ending women's cancers and domestic abuse. Throughout her life, Mary Kay Ash showed others how to live and how to give. She gave hope to women who lacked opportunity, self-esteem and financial support, Dallas, TX. See Break the Silence Against Violence.
Foundation for Women – has been creating opportunities for women and girls for 30 years. We know that when we invest in women and girls, helping them develop their voices and skills, everyone benefits – men, boys, families, and communities. As the country’s first national, multi-issue women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation directs resources of all kinds to cutting-edge projects that nurture girls’ leadership skills, protect the health and safety of women, and provide low-income women with the tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, New York, NY. Read 2011 Annual Report.
The New York Women's Foundation – a voice for women and a force for change. We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities, New York, NY.
Non-Profit Guides – grantwriting tools for non-profit organizations
The RGK Foundation – endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns. Guiding the Foundation is a deep reverence for democracy and a civil society together with the founders' values of foresight, imagination and discovery. By seeking innovative projects in the area of health, education, human services and community affairs, the Foundation strives to advance knowledge, improve society and help realize human potential, Austin, TX.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime, Princeton, NJ.
Salesforce Foundation – the mission is based on a simple idea: leverage 1% of the company’s product, equity and time to improve communities around the world. We call this integrated philanthropic approach the 1-1-1 model. Read Blog.
The Sunshine Lady Foundation – the mission is to invest in organizations and programs dedicated to providing opportunities for the advancement of education, well being and new life choices for disadvantaged people with special empathy for the working poor and families in crisis.
Verizon Foundation – uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention, Basking Ridge, NJ. Read Verizon Corporate Responsibility Report, 2010-2011.
WGN Global Fund – supports women, both domestically and internationally, who require financial assistance and education to start and grow their businesses. The ultimate goal is to level the playing field and help eradicate global poverty, one woman at a time, San Diego, CA.
Women’s Funding Network – an international partnership of women and girls’ foundations, donors, and allies that works to strengthen funds and is committed to social justice, San Francisco, CA.
Women’s Fundraising Handbook, Global Fund for Women – explores key ideas about raising money to fund women’s rights work. It is especially designed for first-time fundraisers and for women’s groups in developing countries. The handbook captures the essence of the Global Fund’s Women, Money, and Empowerment workshops, which were given for activists at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, San Francisco, CA. Revised 2007.
Government Funding Sources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC.
Family Violence Prevention & Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC.
Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Find Youth Info – Grants.gov provides information on more than 1,000 grant opportunities for 26 federal grantmaking agencies. FindYouthInfo.gov has developed a customized search of Grants.gov to help you find open grant announcements for programs that serve youth and their families.
Grants 101 – overview of the grants and funding of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department
of Justice, Washington, DC.
Grants.gov – the single, comprehensive resource that contains information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs.
National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
NIJ Annual Reports to Congress and Award Lists
FY 2011 Awards
Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
Small Business Administration, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Justice (English and Español), Washington, DC. Read Blog.
U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Grantsmanship Center Magazine
Grassroots Fundraising Journal, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training – practical tips and tools to help you raise money for your organization, Oakland, CA.
News Digest – a daily news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide, New York, NY. Read Blog.
Grants, Scholarships and Loans for Individuals
Career Advancement Scholarship Program, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation – awards financial assistance to disadvantaged women who want to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their career, or will soon enter or re-enter the workforce, Washington, DC.
Grantsforsinglemother.org – started to share information gathered from more than a decade about financial assistance for various things, scholarship resources, food and housing programs, parenting advice and more. This website strives to help single parents find help when they need it, so that their families never have to go without.
Modest Needs – offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the workforce, permanently disadvantaged persons struggling to afford medical care, and small non-profit organization, New York, NY.
The Homecoming Heroes Grant
Scholarships, U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Washington, DC: 2006 edition.
Sumasil Foundation, Inc. – provides undergraduate and technical school scholarships to female residents of Canada and the U.S. for assistance towards self-growth and independence, PO Box 578, Stillwater, MN, 55082.
Women's Independence Scholarship Program, Inc. – began as a program of The Sunshine Lady Foundation (SLF) in 1999 and for 8 years provided scholarships to women survivors of intimate partner abuse who were changing their lives through education. In December 2007, SLF Founder and President, Doris Buffett announced her intention to endow WISP as its own entity. On July 1, 2008 WISP, Inc. emerged as a "sister" organization with a mission to enhance efforts to end domestic violence by offering access to higher education, Wilmington, NC.
Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds – philanthropy by and for women has increased since the 1970s, calling attention to critical, previously hidden women's issues like human trafficking and domestic violence. Published in partnership with the Women's Funding Network, this report examines patterns of giving by women's funds and their role in spearheading social change.
Association of Fundraising Professionals – represents more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession, Arlington, VA.
Center for Financial Services Innovation – develops and distributes real-world tested research and strategy, provides funding to promising companies, and facilitates cross-sector business collaboration. We work with banks, credit unions, technology vendors, alternative service providers, consumer advocates and policy makers to forge the pioneering relationships, products and strategies that will transform industry practice and the lives of underbanked consumers across the economic, geographic and cultural spectrum, Chicago, IL.
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University – increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice through programs in research, teaching, public service, and public affairs, Indianapolis, IN.
Women's Philanthropy Institute – mission is to deepen the understanding of women's philanthropy through research, education and training. Research, the centerpiece of all Institute programs, links women's philanthropy to the changes in the world around us that encourage, hinder and shape it. The Institute offers a continuum of research-based educational services to inform donors, fundraisers, institutes, advisors and other constituencies about the powerful and transformative role women play in philanthropic giving. Educational programs, ranging from keynote addresses to two-day courses, can be customized for specific audiences. The Institute also periodically convenes both small and large groups for reflection, analysis and discussion of timely issues in order to explore how and why gender matters in philanthropy.
Fundraising Depot – your fundraising superstore.
Grants & Funding, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women – information about funding streams, current grant solicitations available, application information and other issues and information related to funding, Harrisburg, PA.
Groundspring.org – affordable Internet fundraising, email and advocacy for nonprofits, San Francisco, CA.
I Live Here, I Give Here – the mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest money in our community. We educate and connect individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy, Austin, TX.
Racial Equity Online Toolkit, Funders for LGBTQ Issues – provides a range of grantmaking tools, commentaries and best practices to support grantmakers in implementing an LGBTQ racial equity lens into their grantmaking and internal operations, New York, NY.
ShelterFund.org – whether your advocacy group already collects, or is considering collecting, cell phone donations as part of its efforts to stop domestic violence & abuse, or you personally would like to make a difference by donating your own phone, ShelterFund can help, Addison, TX.
Social Velocity – accelerates social innovation by leading nonprofits to greater social impact and sustainability. SV provides nonprofit staff members, board members and donors the tools, skills and experience and insight to grow their solutions, use their limited resources more effectively, and sustainably finance their social impact. SV works with a nonprofit to create a growth or strategic plan, determine how to bring more money in the door, get their board engaged and invested, or secure capital to build and grow their organization, Austin, TX.
Target Funding Group – dedicated to making your benefit auction the most successful fundraiser you have ever had. We have been involved in providing services to benefit and charity auctions for the past 10 years and have assisted over 300 auctions in raising more than $15,000,000, West Palm Beach, FL.