Private Funding Information and Other Non-Federal Sources


The Foundation Center -- Your gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web.
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Chronicle of Philanthropy -- The newspaper of the nonprofit world.

Foundation Directory Online (foundation and grants databases; available in Renne Library only)

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AAON, Inc.
World leader in creating comfortable and healthy indoor environments, efficiently, through the manufacture of premium HVAC equipment
AARP Andrus Foundation

Enhancing lives on research through aging
ADNET Systems, Inc.
A small business, recognized for our customer-centric solutions.
Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc.
Advanced sonar systems, training systems and knowledge management systems.
ADVR, Inc.
Development of optical devices and systems using engineered bulk and waveguide nonlinear optical materials.
Aerodyne Research Incorporated
Instruments and research for environmental air quality testing, monitoring and measurements and infrared signature and combustion modeling.
Aetna Foundation
Health, education, the arts, communities they are located in
Allen Foundation, Inc.
Human nutrition, nutritional research; higher education
Alliance for Aging Research
Helping Americans live longer healthier lives
Allstate Foundation
Automobile & highway safety, neighborhood revitalization, personal safety and security, and financial planning and education
Alzheimer's Association
Biological, clinical, and social research relevant to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease
American Antiquarian Society
A national research library of American history and culture through the year 1876; Fellowships
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Science and engineering fellowship programs
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation
Promoting education and equity for all women and girls
American Association for Cancer Research
Research in cancer and related biomedical sciences; and to advance the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world
American Astronomical Society
Covers costs associated with astronomical research
American Brain Tumor Association
Research and patient education services on brain tumors; neuro-oncology, research fellowships
American Cancer Society
Cancer research; Research Scholar Grants - psychosocial and behavioral research, health services, health policy and outcomes
American Chemical Society - PRF
ACS Petroleum Research Fund - research in chemistry, engineering, and earth sciences which may impact the petroleum field
American Council on Education
The nation's coordination higher education association
American Council of Learned Societies
Advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences
American Diabetes Association
To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes
American Educational Research Association
Advancing educational research and its practical application
American Express Company
Community service, cultural heritage and economic independence
American Federation for Aging Research
Biomedical research grants in gerontology & geriatrics
American Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR)
Biomedical, humanistic, and social sciences research relevant to AIDS
American Health Assistance Foundation
Basic research on the causes or treatment of age-related and degenerative diseases (Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease and stroke)
American Heart Association
Research on reducing disavility and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke
American Institute for Cancer Research
Diet, nutrition and cancer
American Lung Association
Research and education for the prevention and control of lung disease
American Philosophical Society
Scholarly research
American Psychological Association Funding Programs
Basic and applied psychological research
American Seed Research Foundation
Seed production and distribution, plant breeding, plant germplasm
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Promotes and improves engineering and technology education
American Society for Microbiology
Life sciences membership organization
AT&T Foundation
Seeks to educate, enrich, engage and empower the communities they serve
Annenberg/CPB Projects
Uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools
Annenberg Foundation (K-12)
Public school resructuring and reform, grades K-12
ARCO Foundation
Arts education, performing arts, arts/cultural programs; education reform; engineering school/education; environment; human services; youth, aging, community development
Arthritis Foundation
Arthritis research
On-line communications for the arts
The Aspen Institute
A global forum that convenes leaders from diverse disciplines to address critical issues that confront societies, organizations and individuals
Association for Institutional Research
Improving institutional reserch in postsecondary education institutions
Beckman (Arnold & Mabel) Foundation
Research in chemistry and the life sciences
The Ben and Jerry's Foundation
Facilitate progressive social change; children, families, disadvantaged groups and the environment
Bend Research Inc.
Pharmaceutical & drug delivery technologies
Benton Foundation
Promotes public policies; helps non-profit organizations use communications tools and strategies; creating knowledge centers in the new media
Boeing Company
World's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems
The Brainerd Foundation
Protecting the environment of the Pacific Northwest
Brookings Institution
Economic studies, foreign policy studies, governmental studies, policy centers
BP Amoco Foundation
Higher education (science and engineering)
Bridger Photonics
Producing cutting edge lasers, sensors and remote sensing products
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Medical research and the biological sciences
Bush (Barbara) Foundation for Family Literacy
Family literacy programs
Canadian Studies Grant Programs
Promote teaching and research in Canadian studies
Cancer Research Foundation of America
Prevention of cancer through research and education
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Education and development of healthy children and youth; strengthening human resources in developing countries; and cooperative security
Center for Field Research
Field research grants (research affiliate of the Earthwatch Institute)
Center for Studying Health System Change
A source of independent analysis and information on key health system changes
CDC (Center for Disease Control) Foundation
Public health fellowships; works with CDC to create programs to fight threats to health
The Century Foundation
A research foundation that undertakes timely and critical analyses of major economic, political, and social institutions and issues
Chevron Corporation
International petroleum company; education, health and human services, environment and conservation, arts
Clark (Edna McConnell) Foundation
To improve conditions for people who are poorly served by the established institutions of society
Civil Society International
Promotes R&D collaborations between Americans and their former Soviet Union counterparts
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
public radio and television funds
Council for European Studies
For graduate students in social sciences and history to pursue short term dissertation research in France
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Scholar Program
Charles E. Culpeper Foundation (has merged with Rockefeller Brothers Fund)
Improving well being
Cox (Jessie) Charitable Trust
Health, education, environment
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Arts/cultural programs, environment, health care, human services, and transportation


Charles A. Dana Foundation
For promotion of human health or undergraduate education, particularly neuroscience
DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
German Academic Exchange Service - study and research in Germany
Davis (Arthur Vining) Foundations
Health care, public TV, secondary education
Dow AgroSciences
Pest management and biotechnology products
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Teacher-scholar award - grants for research, educational and developmental projects in chemistry and related fields
DuPont (Jessie Ball) Fund
Aid to Education Program - science and engineering grants; business grants; undergraduate colleges (can support instrumentation and equipment needs)
East-West Center
Fellowships; internships, visitiong scholars, etc. - to promote better relations and understanding among the nations of Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. through cooperative study, training and research
Education Commission of the States
Support the renewal of schools & colleges of teacher education
Educational Foundation of America
The environment, energy, the crisis of human overpopulation and the restriction of reproductive freedom, Native Americans, arts, education, medicine, and peace
Electric Power Research Institute
To encourage cooperative sponsorship of electric energy research
Energy Foundation
Promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy
Eurasia Foundation
Funds programs that build democratic and free market institutions in the 12 New Independent States of the former Soviet Union
Exxon Mobil
To aid education in the U.S. - supports university-based research in areas of science and technology in areas related to petroleum and chemical industries; undergraduate science, math and engineering education reform
FMC (Ford Motor Company)
Arts/cultural programs; higher education, business school/education; environment, agriculture, youth, public policy research, minorities
Forage Genetics
Value-added alfalfa genetics
Ford Foundation
Urban poverty, rural poverty and resources, rights and social justice, governance and public policy, education and culture, international affairs, reproductive health and population, media projects, program-related investments;medical
Foundation Center
Gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web
Franklin Institute Awards
recognizing outstanding achievement in science and technology (Bower Awards)
The Freedom Forum
Supports programs that foster the First Amendment freedom of press, speech, assembly, petition and religion
Fulbright grants (See Council for International Exchange of Scholars)
Fulbright Scholar Program
Gas Technology Institute
Basic research important to U.S. natural gas industry
General Service Foundation
International peace, reproductive health & rights, Resources Programs
German Academic Exchange Service (see DAAD)
Study and research in Germany
J. Paul Getty Trust
Arts, museums, humanities, arts/cultural programs, education, minorities, Native Americans
Glacier Water Company, LLC
Glacier water from Mt. Ranier
Global Fund for Women
Grants to improve women's human rights
Goldwater (Barry M.) Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation
Scholarships, science and mathematics
Graham Foundation
Architectural Education
Grant (Wm. T.) Foundation
Research grants on youth development
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Prevent toxic pollution, support effective cleanup approaches, support natural resource stewardship, and clarify health effects of toxic pollution
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Research for understanding and reducing violence, aggression and dominance - also dissertation fellowship program
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts
John A. Hartford Foundation
Health care, geriatrics, aging centers and services for aging
Hearst (William Randolph) Foundation
Programs to aid poverty level and minority groups, education programs, health delivery systems and medical research, cultural programs, programs affiliated with religious institutions
Hewlett Packard
Higher education in science and technology, engineering; University equipment grants
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program; Grants for Science Education; Research Training Fellowships in Biological Sciences
Hudson Institute, Inc.
policy research in international and domestic economics, education, national and international security studies, political theory and institutions
Human Frontier Science Program
Promotes world scale research in the life sciences through research grants, fellowships and workshops. Encourages interdisciplinary research.


IBM Corporation
K-12 education, reform, environment
Impact Technologies, LLC
Engineering firm that provides a wide range of products and services for analyzing, predicting,and managing the health of critical systems
Institute for Advanced Study
Learning through fundamental research and definitive scholarship across a wide range of fields
Intel Foundation
Supports innovaton and the advancement of technology through university research grants
Inter-American Foundation
Doctoral and masters - field research in Latin American and the Caribbean on grassroots development topics
International Life Science Institute
Nutrition, food science, food allergy & immunology
Ford Motor Company International Research & Exchanges Board - IREX
Academic research exchanges and professionaltraining programs in Central and Eastern Europe, the New Independent States of Eurasia, Mongolia, Turkey and Iran
International Society of Arboriculture
Shade tree research & educational projects
International Union Against Cancer
Advances scientific and medical knowledge in research, diagnosis, treatment, and preventiono fcancer; emphasis is placed on professional and public education
Japan Foundation
To acheive closer relations between Japan and U.S.; support for Japanese Studies, Japanese language instruction, arts and cultural events, intellectual exchange,and the exchange of persons
Jason Foundation for Education
Educational organization in MA to administer the Jason Project (to excite students in science and technology)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
To improve the health and health care of all Americans
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Health policy research and health communications organization that provides information on health issues to policy makers, the media, and the public
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Youth development and entrepreneurial leadership
Keck (W. M.) Foundation
Center for Integrative Neurosciences and medical and medical research, engineering, science and technology, physical sciences, biological sciences
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Youth, higher education, leadership, community-based health services, food systems, rural development, groundwater resources
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation
Mentally handicapped individuals and their families
Charles F. Kettering Foundation
Finding ways to make democracy work better.
Knight (John S. & James L.) Foundation
community initiatives, journalism program
Kresge Foundation
To upgrade & endow scientific instrumentation and labs in colleges, teaching hospitals, medical schools and research institutions
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Visual arts; museums; history & archeology; arts/cultural programs
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death
Life Sciences Research Foundation
Supports postdoctoral fellowships in the life biological sciences
Lindbergh (Charles A.) Fund, Inc.
To further a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation
Link Foundation
Energy Fellowships Program
George Lucas Educational Foundation
Creates media that promote learning and interactive technologies
Luce Foundation
Asian affairs, American art, theology, advancement of women in science and engineering, higher education, and public affairs
John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Fellows Program; health (mental health, psychological and behavioral aspects of health and rehabilitation); international security; conservation programs literacy; population
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
To improve teaching of the United States constitution in secondary schools
A. L. Mailman Family Foundation
Early childhood education, child development, family services
March of Dimes
Prevention of birth defects
Markle Foundation
Realizing the potential of communications media and information technology to improve people's lives
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
To further mathematical research through broadly based programs in the mathematical sciences and closely related activities
Mayo Foundation
Mayo is a team practice of medicine enhanced by medical education and research
James S. McDonnell Foundation
Cognitive Neuroscience Program; higher education; cancer; medical research
McKnight Foundation
Supports communities, families and individuals in need. Contribute to arts, preservation of natural environment, and promotes research
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Museums; performing arts; humanities; arts/culture programs; higher education; natural resource conservation and protection; environment; population studies; public policy
Merck Company Foundation
Develops medicines
Metropolitan Life Foundation
To strengthen communities, promote good health and improve education
Meyer Memorial Trust
Grants for education, the arts and humanities, health, and social welfare (primarily in Oregon and Clark County, Washington)
Microsoft Corporation
Donates to nonprofits involved with arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, civil affairs and other areas
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
helps young people with disabilities, through technology, to maximize their potential and participation in society
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Education: developing human potential; environment; Flint Area; neighborhoods and economic development; philanthropy and volunteerism; exploratory and special projects
Murdock (M.J.) Charitable Trust
Strengthen the region's educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways


National Academy of Education
Promotes scholarly inquiry and discussion concerning education; Spencer post-doctoral fellowships
National Academy of Sciences
Scientific and engineering research dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research
Develops and sustains long-term, high quality programs of post-doctoral research about the social, political, economic, and historical development of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe
National Endowment for Democracy
Strenghens democratic institutions around the world
National Environmental Education & Training Foundation
Helps America meet critical national challenges through environmental learning
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
Solutions for fish, wildlife and plant conserevation
National Geographic Society
Geographic research - anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, & zoology
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Collegiate Inventors Program - the top innovation award for college students
National Physical Science Consortium
Doctoral graduate fellowship program in the Physical Sciences and related Engineering fields (emphasis on underrepresented minority and female students)
National Research Council
Senior and Postdoctoral Research Associateships; collaboration with colleagues from Central/Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States
National Tuberous Sclerosis Association
Fellowship and seed grants; neurogenetic disease
National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council
Compiles information and data, on the economic, social, and environmental costs & benefits of urban forests
National Water Research Institute
Creates new sources of water through research and technology
Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium
Native American public television
The Nature Conservancy
Ecosystem approach to conservation
NEC Foundation of America
Science and technology education
Newberry Library
Dissemination of knowledge in the humanities
Northern Pulse Growers Association
Representing the dry pea, lentil, chickpea, lupin and fava bean growers in Montana and North Dakota
Northwest Area Foundation
Economic revitalization and improving standard of living for the northwest
Northwest Policy Consortium
Public policy; policy research; maintaining a vital economy and a healthy environment in northwest states
Northwestern Energy
Education, health and human services, culture and the arts, civic and community activities, and conservation and the environment
Noyes (Jessie Smith) Foundation
Committed to protecting and restoring Earth's natural systems; sustainable agriculture
Ottinger Foundation
Supports systemic social change; grassroots organizings
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
funds grants for conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy
Partners in Science (through M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust)
High School Teachers - College/University Research Partnerships
J. C. Penney Company
Secondary school/education; voluntarism promotion; minorities
Pew Charitable Trusts
Culture, education, environment, health and human services, public policy, religion, venture fund
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
To aid internationally working artists who have embarked on professional careers.
Population Council
To support advanced training in population studies
Proctor and Gamble Fund
International program for animal alternatives
Prudential Foundation
Provides support to innovative direct-service programs that address the needs of society in three areas: Ready to Learn, Ready to Work and Ready to Live.
Purina Mills
Animal science and nutrition
Quaker Oats Foundation
Nutrition and counseling, hunger relief and related health issues
Qwest Foundation
Community based programs including D-12 education and economic development
Research Corporation
Research programs in astronomy, chemistry and physics
Resodyn Corporation
Research and development firm with a focus on engineering and design
Resonon, Inc
Resonon spectral imagers sense the slightest differences in visible and infrared color
Resources for the Future
Natural resources and environmental goods and services
Retirement Research Foundation
Improving the quality of life of older persons in the U.S.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Improving the well-being of all people in the transition to global interdependence
Rockefeller Foundation
To promote the well-being of mankind throughout the world; to enrich and sustain the lives and livlihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world


Russell Sage Foundation
Research in the social sciences
Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
A non-profit membership society of scientists and engineers which awards grants to promising young researchers
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Main interests in education are math, engineering, science and business
Sloan (Alfred P.) Foundation
Education and careers in science and technology; research fellowships in physics, chemistry, math, neuroscience, economics, and computer science
Smithsonian Institution
A center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history
Society for the Scientific Study of Sex
Sex research, sex therapy, and sex education
Social Justice Fund Northwest
Social change organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Nothern Rockies
Social Science Research Council
Advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation
Engineering, manufacturing and industrial, robotics, automated systems and technology; advanced education in manufacturing
Soros Foundations Network
Dedicated to building open societies around the world
Sorrento Therapeutics Inc
A development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary technology platform for the discovery and development of human therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of a variety of disease conditions.
Spencer Foundation
Educational research in sciences, social sciences and humanities
Stanley Medical Research Institute
A nonprofit organization supporting research on the causes of, and treatments for, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Statoil ASA
World's leading suppliers of aluminium and aluminium products
Sundance Institute
Film production assistance and script development
Surdna Foundation, Inc.
Environment, community revitalization, arts, building grants
Tappi Foundation
Pulp and paper industry
Target Foundation
Funds local arts and social action programs
Thrasher Research Fund
Research in children's health
Toyota USA Foundation
K-12 education programs, especially math and science
Harry S. Truman Library Institute
To encourage study of the history of the Truman administration and the public career of Harry S. Truman and to promote the Truman Library
Turner Foundation, Inc.
Environmental and population issues
Tyler Prize
Prize for environmental achievement
United Engineering Foundation
Grants for the advancement of engineering
U.S. Institute of Peace
Current issues affecting international peace
U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Agricultural research between U.S. and Israel
United States - Japan Foundation
To promote greater mutual knowledge between the U.S. and Japan
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Employment research
USIA - Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Scholar Program
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Enables highly qualified foreign scholars holding doctorates to carry out long-term research projects in Germany
The Wallace Foundation for Education and Arts.
Seeks to enrich community life through support of education, arts and culture
Water Environment Research Foundation
Water quality research program
Weeden Foundation
Protection of biodiversity; population growth and overconsumption
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
Performing arts, theatre, music
Welder (Rob & Bessie) Wildlife Foundation
Research and education in the field of wildlife management and conservation
Wenner-Gren Foundation
Anthropological research
Whitaker Foundation
Biomedical engineering research
Whitehall Foundation, Inc.
Basic research in vertebrate and invertebrate neurobiology
White House Fellowships
Paid assistant to senior White House staff, the VP and Cabinet officers
Wilburforce Foundation
Funds environmental issues in the western U.S. and western Canada
Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships
Fellowships in the humanities and social sciences
Winrock International
Agriculture, forestry and natural resources management; leadership development; clean energy
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Study of marine science