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Andrus Family Fund

AFF funds community reconciliation projects within the United States that put their Collaborative Change Approach to the test in addressing one of AFF's three priority issues: identity-based conflict, police-community conflict and conservation conflict. Presently, AFF does not fund international projects, although it will consider supporting international research that will inform our domestic work. AFF also funds programs that help people leaving the foster care system transition to independence.

Resource Link: http://www.affund.org

C.S. Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Flint, Michigan, makes grants in the U.S. and selected regions internationally through four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Pathways Out of Poverty, and Flint Area. Through its four programs, and their more specific program areas, the Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission of supporting efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.

Resource Link: http://www.mott.org

Carter Center

The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Atlanta-based Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 65 countries.

Resource Link: http://www.cartercenter.org

Case Foundation

The Case Foundation's mission is to achieve sustainable solutions to complex social problems by investing in collaboration, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Today, the foundation is pursuing a number of initiatives, and is particularly focused on three strategies: Encouraging collaboration; Supporting successful leaders; and Fostering entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector. The foundation is applying these strategies to meet the needs of underserved children and families; create thriving and sustainable economic development for communities; bridge cultural and religious divides; expand civic engagement and volunteerism; and accelerate innovative approaches to health care.

Resource Link: http://www.casefoundation.org

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25. Although CIRCLE conducts and funds research, not practice, the projects that we support have practical implications for those who work to increase young people's engagement in politics and civic life. CIRCLE is also a clearinghouse for relevant information and scholarship. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy.

Resource Link: http://www.civicyouth.org

Cottonwood Foundation

Cottonwood Foundation provides small grants to grassroots nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that are working for a sustainable future by combining all of the following: protecting the environment, promoting cultural diversity, empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on volunteer efforts.

Resource Link: http://www.cottonwoodfdn.org

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to: strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the Foundation is an independent organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company.

Grassroots Fundraising Journal and the Online Consultant Directory

Do you need help creating a fundraising plan? Organizing an individual donor campaign? Improving the fundraising skills of your staff and board? Producing an event that will reach a new audience of potential donors? The Grassroots Fundraising Journal's Online Consultant Directory provides names and contact information of consultants who can help you do just that. You can also download Kim Klein's article "Hiring a Fundraising Consultant" for free.

Resource Link: http://www.grassrootsfundraising.org/howto/consultants_directory.html

Jams Foundation

The JAMS Foundation, a non-profit corporation, provides financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national impact, and shares its dispute resolution experience and judicial expertise for the benefit of the public interest. The Foundation encourages the use of alternative dispute resolution, supports education at all levels about collaborative processes for resolving differences, promotes innovation in conflict resolution, and advances the settlement of conflict worldwide.

Resource Link: http://jamsfoundation.org

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

We are an independent, progressive organisation committed to funding radical change towards a better world. The JRCT makes grants to individuals and to projects seeking the creation of a peaceful world, poitical equality and social justice. We chiefly support work undertaken in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Resource Link: http://www.jrct.org.uk

Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. We seek to build a socially and economically just society that values and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.

Resource Link: http://www.nathancummings.org

Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

Ottinger Foundation

The Ottinger Foundation is a private family foundation that funds non-profit organizations that promote innovative policies and citizen activism to build a movement for change. We support organizations that address structural or root causes of social problems and focus on systemic social change rather than direct services. We also favor organizations that are involved in coalition building as well as building leadership and organizational infrastructure. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of intent or proposals, and reviews proposals by invitation only in the areas of economic security and development, democratic participation and the environment.

Resource Link: http://ottingerfoundation.org

Peace Development Fund

The Peace Development Fund makes grants to organizations and projects working to achieve peaceful, just and interdependent relationships among people and nations. We believe that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world will come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities.

Resource Link: http://peacefund.org

Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts will invest $248 million in fiscal year 2007 to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues. The Trusts focus on three program areas: Advancing Policy Solutions, Informing the Public and Supporting Civic Life.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund promotes social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Through its grantmaking, the Fund supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy. The Fund's programs are intended to develop leaders, strengthen institutions, engage citizens, build community, and foster partnerships that include government, business, and civil society. Respect for cultural diversity and ecological integrity pervades the Fund's activities.

Resource Link: http://www.rbf.org

Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to fostering knowledge and innovation to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. In their Global Inclusion program, the foundation supports the representation of poor people in global dialogues around intellectual property, economic integration, and appropriate uses of technology. Most of their program areas (Education, Health, Arts & Culture, Globalization, etc.) focus in part on public engagement.

Resource Link: http://www.rockfound.org

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation invests in social entrepreneurs through its flagship award program, the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. These three-year awards support the continuation, replication or extension of programs that have proved successful in addressing a broad array of critical social issues: tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, economic and social equity, institutional responsibility, and peace and security.

Resource Link: http://www.skollfoundation.org

Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust

For more than thirty years the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust has been an innovative foundation focused on small, strategic grant-making. The Trust takes pride in turning modest investments into lasting systemic change. The Trust's philanthropic focus was orginally focused on changing public policy to address the nuclear armament and overpopulation. Since then, the funding interests have grown to include exposing government corruption and the protection of constitutional rights. The Trust supports organizations active in the following four areas: Peace, Arms Control and Foreign Policy, Population Issues and Reproductive Rights, Government Reform and Public Policy, and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation was founded in January 2006 with the goal of using the revolutionary power of the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. We are unique in that technology and the power of the Internet are at the core of every one of our efforts.

Resource Link: http://sunlightfoundation.com

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