For your convenience, we have compiled this list of foundation funders by interest area. While not exhaustive, it presents a good starting point for identifying funders in your field. As foundations periodically revisit their funding priorities, the most up-to-date program information can often be found on their websites.
Agricultural, Animal, and Veterinary Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Business & Entrepreneurship
Environment, Energy, & Climate
Human Rights, Justice, & Law
International (area studies, development)
Libraries & Museums
Media & Journalism
We have also assembled a collection of various databases and tools to assist you with your funding search.
There are several foundations for which the Office of Foundation Relations maintains a working relationship. It is strongly recommended that if you intend to seek funding from any of the following foundations that you consult with our office first in order to ensure the best approach and to honor the wishes of select foundations to coordinate submissions with a single unit on campus. Our office also has experience with a range of other foundations so you might find it helpful to contact us to see if we can provide you with additional insights before you submit your proposal.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
W. M. Keck Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Coleman Foundation, Inc
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Charles A. Dana Foundation
Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Henry Luce Foundation Inc.
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Lumina Foundation for Education
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
James S. McDonnell Foundation
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
New Frontiers Foundation
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation
Pew Charitable Trusts
William T. Grant Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Hearst Foundations
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Russell Sage Foundation
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free tutorials available from the Foundation Center
These tutorials will introduce you to the world of foundations, sponsor identification, and more.
Guide to Funding Research
A basic primer on the grantseeking process and an introduction to the available resources.
Demystifying the 990-PF
An overview of Form 990-PF, the IRS return filed by private foundations.