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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

foundation search

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
Social Sciences


We have also assembled a collection of various databases and tools to assist you with your funding search.

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Fundsnet List of Resources for Nonprofits
Charity Channel federal grant opportunities
Council on Foundations GuideStar (obtain 990s)
Federal Register Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS)
Foundation Center Research Professional
Foundation Center RFP Bulletin The Grantsmanship Center
Foundation Center 990 Finder



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

Kresge 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

Energy Foundation

McCormick Foundation

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism

James S. McDonnell Foundation

Ford Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Freeman Foundation

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New Frontiers Foundation

Getty Foundation

Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation

Pew Charitable Trusts

William T. Grant Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Hearst Foundations

Rockefeller Foundation

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Russell Sage Foundation

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Spencer Foundation

Japan Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Wallace Foundation

Joyce 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.