Private and Corporate Foundation Grant Prospecting

There are more than 56,000 active private and corporate grant makers in the United States alone, each with its own set of priorities and criteria for funding.

Finding just the right fit between a proposed project and a foundation's giving interests requires access to multiple resources and careful research. The following sites can be particularly helpful in that process. Also in this section are links to some well-known national and regional foundations.

Search Sites

Foundation Center
Corporate and private foundation directories; links to IRS 990 PFs most recent filings by foundations.

Philanthropy News Digest - a service of Foundation Center
New grant competitions, RFPs - Posted weekly on Fridays; page also contains links to archived postings by topical category.

Guidestar
Searchable database of more than 850,000 non-profit organizations (charities, foundations, etc.).

IdeaList
Links to more than 27,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 153 countries.

Corporate Information
Links to public and private corporation foundations and donors; can also search by business sector or by state.

Foundation Sites

AT&T Foundation
Priorities include: education, particularly related to technology; arts and culture; community development/service.

Carnegie Corporation of New York
Priorities include: education; international peace and security; international development; strengthening U.S. democracy.

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
A collective organization of several permanent charitable funds established by private donors to improve the quality of life in the NYS Capital Region; in general, priorities include education, health care, human services and the arts.

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation
The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation exists solely for charitable and educational purposes to promote the college's educational programs and services and enhance its institutional goals and objectives. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation administered by a board of directors composed of community leaders and college representatives. The Foundation maintains its funds apart from those of the college.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Priorities include: education; global health.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Priorities are health and health care.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Priorities include: health, food systems and rural development; education; philanthropy and volunteerism.

Medtronic Foundation
Priorities include: health; education; human services; arts.

MetLife Foundation
Priorities include: health; education; cultural and civic affairs.

The NEA Foundation
Priorities are professional development initiatives for educators and staff in public education - sponsored by the National Education Association.

Pew Charitable Trusts
Priorities include: culture; education; the environment; health and human services; public policy; and religion.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Priorities include: science and technology; economic performance; education and career in science and technology.

Verizon Foundation
Priorities include: technology applications and programs in literacy, digital divide, workforce development, employee volunteerism, community technology development.

Contact Information

Grants Development

Cheryl Beauchamp
Director of Grants
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 136
Fax: (518) 629-8070