National funders

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses its investments and grantmaking to help create conditions in communities for children and families to be successful.  The foundation focuses on three key elements which are critical to impacting the success of children: Education and Learning; Food, Health and Well-Being; and Family Economic Security.  The integration of these elements to help children learn, develop and stay healthy, and strengthen families all happen within the context of communities and places.

A key strategy of the Kellogg foundation is to catalyze and scale civic and philanthropic engagement across and within diverse communities to strengthen vulnerable children, families, and communities.

Kellogg supports philanthropic and civic engagement initiatives that:

  • Identify and invest in philanthropic innovations, new models of collaboration, and leaders that show the most promise to increase social impact and resources for vulnerable children and families;
  • Create strategic partnerships with community foundations that strengthen their cultural competency, community responsiveness, and build regional philanthropic capacity;
  • Develop partnerships with the business sector that result in market-based tools and leverage mission-based investing;
  • Supporting and nurturing an inclusive civic participation movement that mobilizes individuals and organizations to collectively engage in community building, public decisionmaking, and the democratic process;
  • Catalyze movement-building and community organizing that inspire populations across race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, and sector to engage collectively on behalf of vulnerable children and families; and 
  • Increase effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Ashoka : Innovators for the Public
Ashoka envisions an Everyone A Changemaker™ world. A world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.
Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world’s citizens to think and act as changemakers.  Much of their work around the globe falls into six major fields—civic engagement, economic development, health, human rights, environment, and learning/education—although they recognize that many new ideas cut across multiple fields or aim to create new ones.
Led by the work of the Ashoka Fellows, they strive to define and advance the innovations in each field, challenging old methods and investing in new strategies with the potential for long-lasting systemic change.


Local funders

Arizona Community Foundation
The Arizona Community Foundation and its 13 affiliates are a statewide philanthropy and partnership of donors, volunteers, staff, nonprofit organizations and the community working together to address community needs through charitable giving.

Baltimore Community Foundation
Founded in 1072, the Baltimore Community Foundation is governed by a 32-member board of trustees, made up of a cross section of Baltimore. In 2008, BCF distributed $28 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations in the Baltimore region and beyond. With assets of $143 million, BCF comprises more than 600 different charitable funds.

Community Foundation of Broward
The mission of the Community Foundation of Broward is to provide leadership on community solutions and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with the causes that matter. As the community’s trusted philanthropic advisor for 25 years, they offer resources, knowledge, and expertise in charitable giving.

Foundation for the Mid-South
The Foundation for the Mid South is a regional community foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi that seeks to strengthen the capacities and resources of institutions and communities to improve the quality of life for all Mid Southerners.

Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation
Focused on creating elder-friendly neighborhoods and actively engaging older people in their communities, the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation targets its grantmaking primarily to nonprofits in Westchester County, New York, with special attention to the City of Yonkers.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation enhances the quality of life for all in the greater Kalamazoo area through community leadership and the stewardship of permanently endowed funds.

Northland Foundation
Created in 1986 by the McKnight Foundation, the Northland Foundation is a regional foundation serving the communities of northeastern Minnesota. One of the ways the foundation serves the region is through a grantmaking program that provides resources to non-profit organizations in the region.

Orange County Community Foundation
One prominent local donor calls this foundation the “center of gravity for philanthropy” in Orange County. The organization was established to foster a culture of giving, improve the quality of life in Orange County, and provide an enduring source of support for the community. Over the past 20 years, the Orange County Community Foundation has granted more than $123 million to charitable organizations serving local, national and international needs.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam
United Way of Westchester and Putnam works to advance the common good. It convenes and partners with community organizations to create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on: a quality education that leads to a stable job, which provides the income that can support a family through retirement; and good health. United Way builds its programs and services around these building blocks to create a better life.

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