Possible Sources of Funds for Gathering Expenses
The following list was assembled by the Southern Empowerment Project and tends to have a southern emphasis. Information may not be current so please share any updates with us. This list is for information purposes since we cannot assure you that any funder will be able to respond to your particular situation. If you are a current grantee of a foundation, ask you program officer if there are funds for technical assistance and/or staff development. Before applying anywhere, check the funding guidelines of the donor organization.
Geographically specific funds:
"Aetna Foundation, funding in southeastern Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, usually health related.
Appalachian Community Fund,Knoxville, Tennessee
Funding Exchange (and FEX regional funds)
Assisi Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee
Atlanta Women's Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bernadine Franciscan Sisters Foundation. Virginia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Bullitt Foundation, Seattle, Washington
Columbus Foundation, . ColumbusOhio.Kentucky Foundation for Women
John and James L. Knight Foundation, Florida for Boca Raton, Bradenton, Miami, Tallahassee, Columbus (Georgia), Macon, Milledgeville (GA), Biloxi, Charlotte, Jackson (MS), State College (PA), Lexington (KY), Columbia (SC), and Myrtle Beach
New York Communiuty Trust
Foundation for the Mid-South, Jackson, Mississippi
Fund for Southern Communities,.Atlanta, Georgia
Southern Community Partners Fund, Atlanta, Georgia .
Virginia Environmental Endowment. Virginia and Kanawha and Ohio RiverValleys of Kentucky and West Virginia
The Warner Foundation, Durham, North Carolina
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas .
South Carolina Coastal Community Foundation
The Winston-Salem Foundation:
Lyndhurst Foundation, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Winston-Salem,
North Georgia Community Foundation, Georgia
William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Environmental Support Center, Washington, D.C.
Common Counsel Foundation, Oakland, California
Check out Community Foundations in your area to see if they have discretionary for travel or exchange funds:
Community Foundation of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, GreensboroNC
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Asheville, NC
East Tennessee Foundation,Knoxville, Tennessee
Greater Memphis Community Fund, Memphis, Tennessee
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, ParkersburgWest Virginia
Peace Development Fund, Amherst, Massachusetts
Plum Creek Foundation, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., Seattle, WA
Triangle Community Foundation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Three Rivers Community Fund, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Southwest Pennsylvania only.
Virginia Beach Foundation, Virginia Beach, Virginia23454.
Arkansas Community Foundation:
Arlington Community Foundation:
Austin Community Foundation:
Baton Rouge Community Foundation:
Cape Fear Community Foundation, Inc. cfcc.edu/foundation/
Charlottesville - Albemarle Community Foundation: cacfonline.org
Community Foundation of Central Georgia:
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga:
Community Foundation of Greater Greenville, Inc.:
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Inc.:
Community Foundation of HendersonCounty:
Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Inc.:
Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.:
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio:
Foundation for RoanokeValley:
Foundation for the Carolinas:
Greater Houston Community Foundation:
Greater Lynchburg Community Trust:
Greater New Orleans Foundation:
North Carolina Community Foundation:
North Virginia Community Foundation:
The Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier:
The Pittsburgh Foundation:
Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Hunger Fund, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Racial Justice Fund, National Council of Churches
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock,
Check home pages of the the UnitedMethodistChurch, EvangelicalLutheranChurch in America, Jewish Funds for Justice,
Check with your own denomination for support through development and hunger funds.
J. Muste Memorial Institute
Astrae Lesbian Action Foundation
Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation
Fannie Mae Foundation
Special Contribution Fund of the NAACP
Contact Oxfam America and similar international groups to see if they have domestic education programs.
Ask your union if it has a special fund for leadership development.
Ask your employer if there is a fund for matching donations to registered charitable purposes such as NOA
Consult with your local United Way to see if donations could be processed for your program.
Hold a party to raise funds.
Write a letter to twenty friends and associates to raise money.
Public libraries in large cities usually have a resource section on foundations. Foundation Centers in libraries.
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