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NONPROFIT WORLD FUNDING
From The Society for Nonprofit
Volume #X, Number Y
In this issue:
- PROFILE: THE
- GRANTMAKERS ANNOUNCE OPPORTUNITIES
IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
COMPLETING A REQUEST FOR
PROFILE: THE COMMONWEALTH FUND
Anna M. Harkness established the Fund in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Anna was the widow of Stephen Harkness, a
successful businessman, who invested in the Standard Oil Company. The Fund seeks to help Americans live healthy and productive lives and to assist
specific groups with serious and neglected problems. The Fund supports the following areas:
# Improving health care services
# Bettering the health of minority Americans
# Advancing the well-being of the elderly
# Developing the capacities of children and youth
All national projects should emphasize prevention and promote healthy behavior. The Fundıs international program in health policy
seeks to build a network of policy-oriented health-care researchers whose multinational experience and outlook stimulate innovative policies and
practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. In its own community, the Fund targets its grantmaking toward improving public
spaces and services.
Applicants should submit a letter that briefly describes the proposed area of work, the importance of the problem to be addressed, and the strategies
to be employed. Letters are acknowledged when received, and recommended proposals are voted on by the board of directors, which meets in April,
July, and November. Contact: Andrea Landes, Director of Grants, The Commonwealth Fund, 1 East 75th St., New York NY 10021. Web site:
BLAKEMORE FOUNDATION. 01/15/03. The Foundation's primary areas
of interest are Asian languages and fine arts. Its goal is to support programs
and activities that improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United
States. The Foundation defines fine arts as plastic and graphic arts, ceramics,
sculpture, and textiles. Types of support include programs, exhibits, and
Griffith Way, Blakemore Foundation, 1201 Third Ave., 28th Floor, Seattle WA
98101-3266. Ph: (206) 583-8778. Fax: (206) 583-8500. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web site: www.blakemorefoundation.org.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. 10/01/01. The NEA offers
guidelines for its Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative, designed
to strengthen the state and regional infrastructure of support for folk and
traditional arts. Priority will be given to projects with the greatest impact in
expanding or strengthening support and those with potential for long-term
artistic impact. For fiscal year 2002, the Initiative will support up to 12
start-up folk arts positions at local arts agencies and community-based cultural
organizations. Priority will be given to professional folk arts positions that
address the needs of previously underserved geographic or cultural communities.
Positions should have the potential to be self-supporting within three years. Guidelines and application forms are available on the Endowment's Web
site. Contact: NEA Folk and Traditional Arts Staff, National Endowment for the
Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20506. Ph: (202) 682-5678. Fax:
Web site: http://www.nea.gov/guide/Folk02/Folkindex.html.
GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION NATIONAL IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT. 09/01/01.
The Project awards grants to improve the status and quality of geographic
education in grades K-12. Proposed projects must be designed to serve as models
for change; have significance beyond the local community; and contain an
explicit plan for dissemination and diffusion to the regional and national
community of geographic educators. The Project is particularly interested in
providing seed or development grants. For complete application information,
visit the Web site. Contact: Sarah Witham Bednarz, Geographic Education National
Implementation Project, c/o Association of American Geographers, 1710 Sixteenth
St. NW, Washington DC 20009-3198. Web site: http://genip.tamu.edu/.
CORNING FOUNDATION. Open. The Foundation develops and
administers programs in support of educational, cultural, community, and
selected national organizations. In addition, the Foundation has a keen interest
in higher education, particularly as it relates to building a more highly
skilled workforce. Each year, the Foundation fulfills approximately 225 grants
totaling some $2.25 million. All requests must be made in writing. Grant seekers
are advised to submit a two- to three-page letter of inquiry, signed by the
senior administrative officer of the organization. Contact: Mrs. Kristin A. Swain,
President, Corning Incorporated Foundation, MP-LB-02, Corning NY 14831.
Web site: http://www.corning.com/inside_corning/foundation.asp.
STEVEN AND MICHELE KIRSCH FOUNDATION. 02/28/02. The Foundation
seeks to invest in causes where high-impact activities can result in a safer and
healthier world. Of particular interest are programs that reduce pollution from
mobile sources, support the development and use of alternative and clean fuel
technologies, eliminate dependence on diesel fuel, and eradicate global
warming. The Foundation's environmental grants fund organizations with a
track record of effectiveness and those that have focused on collaborative
efforts or partnerships with business and/or government entities to address
major, long-term problems. The Foundation gives strong preference to funding
environmental organizations that have a substantial presence in California
and/or those that address issues that impact California and its residents.
Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. The Foundation accepts inquiries and
proposals only via e-mail. Contact: Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation, 60 S.
Market St., Suite 1000, San Jose CA 95113-2336. Ph: (408) 278-2278. Fax: (408)
278-0280. E-mail: email@example.com.
Web site: http://www.kirschfoundation.org.
WEEDEN FOUNDATION. 01/12/02. The Foundation's goal is to address
the adverse impact of the growing human population and the overuse of natural
resources on the planet's biology. The Foundation's priority is
biodiversity. Projects focusing on population growth and over-consumption are
also of interest. Proposed projects should protect ecosystems and wildlife or
raise the status of women and increase awareness about family planning. The
Foundation awards general operating, seed, and project or program grants.
Applicants are asked to submit a letter of inquiry first. Grants range
from $10,000 to $30,000. Contact: James Sheldon, Executive Director,
Weeden Foundation, 747 Third Ave., 34th Floor, New York NY 10017.
Ph: (212) 888-1672. Fax: (212) 888-1354.
Web site: http://www.weedenfdn.org.
ORACLE CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS. 12/01/01. The Corporation awards
grants for medical research in the areas of cancer, AIDS and neuroscience,
endangered animal protection, environmental protection (specifically for
education and preservation of open space), and K-12 education (with emphasis on
mathematics, science and technology). Grants are awarded in February and August.
Contact: Corporate Giving, Oracle Corporation, 500 Oracle Parkway, MS 50P11,
Redwood Shores CA 94065. Ph: (650) 506-7000. Fax: (650) 506-7200.
Web site: http://www.oracle.com/corporate/giving/index.html.
AMR/AMERICAN AIRLINES FOUNDATION. Open. The Foundation works to
help meet the needs of organizations in the communities that the airline serves,
especially the hub cities of Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami and San Juan. The
Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following areas: community
development, arts and culture, education, and health and welfare. Proposals are
reviewed on an ongoing basis and grants are awarded throughout the year.
Contact: AMR/American Airlines Foundation, PO Box 619616, M.D. 5575, Dallas-Fort
Worth Airport, TX 75261-9616. Ph: (817) 967-3545. Fax: (817) 967-9784.
Web site: http://www.ual.com.
PEARLE VISION FOUNDATION. 12/31/01. The Foundation supports
organizations that provide vision care to individuals in financial hardship. The
Foundation also funds vision-related causes, such as educational programs,
vision-related research, and programs that improve the quality of life for the
visually impaired. Projects that focus on eye exam and eyeglass testing, eye
surgery, vision-related research and equipment for testing, and improving vision
are also considered for funding. Contact: Trina Parasiliti, Administrator,
Pearle Vision Foundation, PO Box 227175, Dallas TX 75222. Ph: (972) 277-6191.
Fax: (972) 277-5798. Web site: http://www.pearlevision.com.
PHARMACIA FOUNDATION. Open. The Foundation focuses its
charitable giving in the areas of healthcare, education, and local civic needs
in communities where employees and their families live and work. The majority of
grants in education focus on science and technical fields. Healthcare grants
generally reflect areas of health concerns where the company has expertise such
as oncology, central nervous system diseases, ophthalmology, and women's health.
Civic needs are supported when appropriate at local sites. Pharmacia contributes
substantial quantities of medication for disaster relief. A preliminary
application for assessment is required before submitting a full proposal.
Contact: Director, Community Relations and Contributions Programs, Pharmacia
Corporation, 100 Route 206 North, Peapack, NJ 07977. Ph: (908) 901-8766. Fax:
Web site: http://www.pnu.com/about/grants.asp
UNITED AIRLINES FOUNDATION. Open. The Foundation is the
philanthropic arm of the airline and concentrates the majority of its resources
in United's six hubs: Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and
Washington DC. Its grantmaking is focused on the following areas: education,
health, arts and culture, volunteerism, and diversity. E-mail proposals are
acceptable. Contact: Caryn Cross, Manager-Contributions, United Airlines - WHQPR,
PO Box 66100, Chicago IL 60666.
Web site: http://www.ual.com.
CON AGRA FOUNDATION. 01/31/02. The Foundation supports projects
of U.S.-based nonprofits with an international focus in the areas of education,
health and human services, arts and culture, and civic and community betterment
in communities where the company operates. Support is given to projects that
address specific community needs and suggest solutions designed to meet those
needs. Of interest are organizations or projects seeking self-support or
broad-based community support as their ultimate goal and well-managed
organizations staffed and supervised by people who are adept at stating goals,
selecting measurements, and setting and meeting deadlines. In some cases,
ConAgra operating companies match ConAgra Foundation contributions in their
communities. Requests for funding should be written; no phone or fax requests
will be accepted. Eligible organizations must have been in existence for at
least one year and be located in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota,
Nebraska or Wisconsin. Grants range from $500 to $50,000. Contact: Lynne Phares,
Corporate Relations Department, CC-303, ConAgra Foundation, 1 ConAgra Drive,
Omaha NE 68102-5001. Ph: (402) 595-4687.
HUMANITAS FOUNDATION. 01/30/02. The Foundation primarily funds
programs sponsored by organizations of the Roman Catholic Church. Of particular
interest are programs that address pastoral renewal of the church, including
proposals for activities related to ministerial training, continuing education,
pastoral planning, spirituality, leadership development, evangelization,
diocesan organization, and ministry among ethnic and racial minorities. Also of
interest are proposals that provide a direct service to low-income people, for
example, social outreach, shelter, child care, job training, health and pastoral
care, substance abuse, counseling, homelessness, hunger, refugee services, and
the family life of those in poverty. The Foundation supports projects that offer
promising innovative approaches to meeting needs, as well as ones that have
already proven effective. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. The Foundation
discourages phone calls. Contact: Peter Robinson, Executive Vice President,
Humanitas Foundation, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2704, New York NY
10036. Ph: (212) 704-2300.
ALTRAN FOUNDATION. 09/30/01. The Foundation supports Jewish
organizations with a focus on New York and Israel in the areas of higher
education, Jewish education, religious education, community services, Jewish
welfare, temples, international ministries and missions, medical centers and
women's affairs. Types of support include conferences and seminars, endowment
funds, general support, matching funds, multi-year/continuing support, project
support, research, scholarships, and seed money grants. Proposals should include
the nature of the project, its objectives and significance, time estimate, and
budget. Grants range from $100 to $100,000. Contact: Diane Fischer, President,
Altran Foundation, 25 E. 21st St., Third Floor, New York NY 10010. Ph: (212)
VERIZON FOUNDATION. Open. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking
on technology applications and programs in one or more of the following areas:
literacy, digital divide, workforce development, employee volunteerism, and
community technology development. Each proposal is evaluated based on the
quality of the program, its service to the public, the size of constituency it
serves, the organization's management, and its accountability, finances, and
fund-raising practices. The Foundation will review unsolicited proposals on a
continuous calendar basis from Jan. 1 through Nov. 30. Applicants are asked to
apply online at: http://foundation.verizon.com/.
INTEL FOUNDATION. Open. Intel Corporation established the
Foundation for the purpose of developing and funding educational and charitable
programs. It funds programs that advance math, science and engineering
education; promote women and underrepresented minorities entering science and
engineering careers; and increase public understanding of technology and its
impact on contemporary life. The Foundation reviews proposals on a continuous
basis. Contact: Intel Foundation, 5200 NE Elam Young Parkway, F15-63, Hillsboro
OR 97124-6497. Ph: (503) 642-8188.
Web site: http://www.intel.com/education/grants/index.htm
THE GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN. Open. The Fund focuses its
grantmaking on strengthening women's rights groups around the world. Of interest
are programs that address women's political participation and leadership,
poverty and economic opportunity, women's rights in religious traditions,
reproductive health and choice, lesbian rights, disabled women's rights,
violence against women, and access to communications technology and the media.
Preference is given to projects that focus on emerging issues. Proposals may be
sent via e-mail, fax, or regular mail. Grant decisions are made five to six
times a year, but proposals may be sent at any time. Fax or e-mail proposals are
accepted. Contact: The Global Fund for Women, 1375 Sutter St., Suite 400, San
Francisco CA 94109. Ph: (415) 202-7640. Fax: (415) 202-8604.
Web site: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org.
WOMEN HELPING OTHERS FOUNDATION. 09/28/01. The Foundation is
funded by BeautiControl Cosmetics and individual contributors. Issues of
interest are cancer prevention, education, research and patient treatment; teen
pregnancy prevention; homelessness; and issues of women's health and well-being.
Priorities include educating people about health and education issues,
supporting projects dedicated to the concerns of women and children, and
encouraging women to help others through their local community services. Grants
range from $4,000 to $60,000. Contact: Cheryl Reynolds, Administrative Director,
Women Helping Others Foundation Grants, PO Box 816029, Dallas TX 75381-6029. Ph:
(800) 946-4663. Fax: (972) 386-8736.
Web site: http://whofoundation.org/index.html.
EDWARD W. HAZEN FOUNDATION. 01/15/02. The Foundation supports
organizations that seek to improve the quality of education, provide
opportunities for youth development through community institutions, and promote
the ideal of community service. The Foundation is especially interested in
minority youth and those disadvantaged by poverty, as well as areas where there
are significant Native American populations. Priority areas include public
education reform and youth development. The Foundation awards grants nationally,
but gives preference to organizations in Baltimore, District of Columbia,
Philadelphia, New York City, Miami, the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Texas, and
Los Angeles. Grant requests from grassroots and community-based organizations
outside of these targeted sites will be considered for small grants of $5,000 or
less. Preference will be given to new or emerging school organizing or advocacy
efforts where a small, timely grant can make a difference in implementing a
promising initiative. Applicants should send a one- to two-page letter of
inquiry. Contact: President, Edward W. Hazen Foundation, 309 Fifth Ave., Room
200-3, New York NY 10016. Ph: (212) 889-3034. Fax: (212) 889-3039.
Web site: http://www.hazenfoundation.org.
SENECA FOODS FOUNDATION. 09/30/01. The Foundation supports
nonprofits in Seneca Foods' operating locations, with a focus on helping youth
overcome economic and social barriers in two categories: education and
employment. Of interest are K-12 and preschool achievement programs for at-risk
youth, drop-out prevention, career counseling, life-coping skills, and job
programs that give youth the skills they need to access mainstream society. The
Foundation also supports programs that teach leadership life skills, crisis
programs for abused youth, and adult mentoring projects. Priority goes to
programs that involve Seneca employees. Contact: Grants Administrator, Seneca
Foods Foundation, 1162 Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford NY 14534. Ph: (716)
YOUR IDEAS WANTED!
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TIPS: COMPLETING A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
When the government develops a new contract or grant program, it sends out a
request for proposal. The RFP details project specifications and application
procedures. While most foundations prefer to consider
application-initiated proposals, RFPs are becoming increasingly popular for
publicizing new programs.
Many organization executives wish they could be mind readers when filling out
an RFP. If they only knew what the funding group really wanted they could tailor
the proposal to improve their funding chances.
Deborah Kluge, a Columbia, Md., consultant who offers proposal writing and
management services for firms, organizations, and universities bidding on
government contracts, is the individual behind the Web site
She offers some tips for helping you make your proposal the best it can be.
- Read the RFP once, then read it again. Experienced awardees know that
several readings of an RFP are necessary for a complete understanding of
what the funding organization requires.
- Realize that information critical to your proposal may be scattered
throughout the RFP.
- Place the RFP in a three-ring binder for easy use as a reference
document and insert dividers in front of each important section for quick
reference. Use small Post-It notes at the edge of a page to mark important
parts or paragraphs for quick recall.
- Don't assume. The government or funding organization probably does not
know who you are. Be specific in detailing the projects you've carried
out, your organization's capabilities, and your staff's qualifications.
- Be aware of the due date and notify any colleagues who may be working
with you of the date.
- Make a proposal schedule and stick to it. Work backward from the
proposal due date and build in extra time for potential problems.
- Make sure you leave plenty of time for copying, binding, and delivering
the proposal. Have extra paper and toner on hand, as well as a backup plan
in case the equipment fails.
- Use a legible font and good quality paper. Don't go over the maximum
number of pages allowed.
- Check the entire proposal for consistency and completeness and ensure
that signatures are on the right forms. Make sure all required supporting
documents are included in the proposal package.
- If you are awarded funding, celebrate. If not, remember that there are
other potential funding sources for your group.
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