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Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is 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.
Philanthropy News Digest Request for Proposals Bulletin
The RFP Bulletin lists funding opportunities from foundations and other grantmaking organizations. It gives a descriptive overview and a direct link to the full RFP at the grantmaker's Web site.
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Foundation Finder
Foundation Finder offers basic information on grantmakers in the U.S. including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs.
Grantmakers Associations
Northern California Grantmakers Association
NCG is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private grantmakers. Though it does not make grants directly, it can be a useful resource for grantseekers because of its large membership of organizations that make grants in Northern California.
List of Members: A good place to look for foundations in the Northern California area.
Grantmakers for Education
A national network of nearly 200 foundations, corporate giving programs, and individual donors working to change programs, systems and institutions from pre-kindergarten through higher education.
Member Organizations: A list of foundations that support education programs.
Selected Agencies
California Grantmakers
American Lung Association of California
The American Lung Association of California grants up to $1 million each year through our scientific, peer-reviewed research program.
Blue Shield Foundation of California
This program funds organizations that serve Californians and pursue activities related to at least one of the program objectives: Health Care and Coverage; Blue Shield Against Violence.
Eligibility Guidelines
California HealthCare Foundation
By promoting innovations in care and broader access to information, the CHCF goal is to ensure that all Californians can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.
Unsolicited Requests, Current Requests for Proposals
California Wellness Foundation
Core operating support can be used to help underwrite the regular, ongoing health promotion and disease prevention activities of organizations and be used to strengthen organizational infrastructure.
How to Apply
James Irvine Foundation
The Irvine Foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. Grants are made in three program areas:Arts, California Democracy, Youth.
LEF Foundation
LEF is a private foundation that supports the creation and presentation of contemporary work in the fields of visual art, performing art, new media, literary art, architecture and design. The LEF California office funds in the specific areas of architecture, the environment, and social justice. Grants are made to projects which include an artistic and cultural overlay, and are primarily focused on three geographic areas: California, Hawaii, and New Mexico.
California Office
Save the Redwoods League
Save the Redwoods League awards research grants to scientists to learn what redwood ecosystems need to survive, and alsos develop science-based plans to save redwoods throughout their natural range. Education grants fund schools, park cooperating associations, and other qualified nonprofits engaged in quality redwood education.
Science and Planning, Education Program
ZeroDivide invests in community enterprises that leverage technology to benefit people in vulnerable and other underserved communities. Programs focus on: Youth and Technology, Community Media, e-Democracy.
How to Apply