Funding Resources

We encourage you to contact us if you are considering seeking foundation support for your research or project. Our office can guide you to resources and may be able to help identify potential funders. If you would first like to learn more about foundation grantmaking or research funding opportunities on your own, this page lists some sources of information that may be helpful. (If you are looking for information about government funding sources, such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, please contact the Sponsored Research staff.) 

Some foundations restrict the number of proposals accepted per institution in a given time period. Please contact us prior to submitting a proposal and we can advise you on other initiatives across campus that may be in progress. If you are part of a recognized student organization interested in outside funding, please refer to the institutional policies for student fund-raising.

Information about Foundations and Philanthropy

Foundation Center - An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse that collects, organizes, analyzes and disseminates information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects; maintains an extensive web site with links to foundation and corporate grantmakers and offers tools for researching funding opportunities (see below).

Philanthropy News Digest - A weekly service of the Foundation Center that collects news and information about the philanthropic world; their search page is useful for tracking down recent news about individual foundations.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - “The newspaper of the nonprofit world”; some portions of the web site available only to subscribers.

Council on Foundations - A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations.

Researching Funding Opportunities

Foundation Directory Online - Our office subscribes to this Foundation Center service, and we would be happy to generate information on potential funders for your project.

Foundation Finder - A free service of the Foundation Center that offers basic information about foundations, such as mailing addresses.

Guidestar - Guidestar gives you free access to the annual tax returns of foundations (Form 990-PFs) and public charities (Form 990s), which list the foundation’s charitable giving for the year. You must sign up for a free account to gain access to the forms.