Search for Funding:
Foundations & Corporate Giving
Jefferson's Committee on Research maintains a list of Upcoming Foundation & Association Funding Opportunities.
Foundation giving is more relationship-driven than federal funding.
Before submitting an application, researchers should contact the
Jefferson Foundation Department of Corporate and Foundation Relations
which coordinates applications to foundations. The Foundation staff
can provide useful advice and help researchers develop a more effective
- Not all foundations accept applications; some use other means
to identify recipients. Find out before submitting an application
what method the foundation uses.
- Some foundations limit the number of proposals that may be
submitted from a single institution.
- Foundation funding is usually for a short period of time and
- Depending on the foundation application guidelines, research
the foundation and consider contacting the Program Officer
and discuss the appropriateness of your application before submitting
a letter of inquiry.
While the Foundation Center is the most comprehensive publisher of resources about foundations, most of their information is not free.
The Foundation Directory Online is available for in-person access; ask at the Reference Desk for a librarian to log you in. Basic foundation information, including grantmaker 990s and RFPs, is freely available on the Center's Web site:
Foundation Center - Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch
Foundation search: if you know name of a foundation
you'd like to research.
IRS 990-PF filings: for detailed information about Board,
mission and previous year's grants.
Current awareness: FC offers various free
electronic updates, including a weekly RFP Bulletin featuring
Requests for Proposals from private, corporate and government
funding sources. Opportunities can also be reviewed
Funded research: Philanthropy
News Digest News by Category includes announcements of funding
initiatives by category (Aging, Disabled, Education, Medical
Other features: The Foundation Center site is loaded with useful information
about foundations and grantsmanship. Tutorials on funding searches, proposal preparation, etc.
Comprehensive provider of free and subscription resources, including
: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM