How to Use the Foundation Search Module

What Is The FoundationSearch Tool? The Foundation Search Tool allows you to identify foundations based on:

  • Name
  • Location
  • Size
  • Giving Interests
  • Directors
  • Geographic Scope
  • Type of Foundation

You may also search for foundation directors by name.
Foundations not accepting unsolicited proposals may be excluded in your search.
Newly Registered Foundations are included by default in your search result. You may exclude new foundations or restrict your search to Newly Registered Foundations.

Granting Categories: Definitions

  1. Arts & Culture
  2. Community Development
  3. Education
  4. Environment
  5. Health
  6. International Giving
  7. Religion (Faith-based)
  8. Social & Human Services
  9. Sports & Recreation

Giving Interests: How to Assign to Category

  • Giving interests can be nouns or (less commonly) adjectives and adverbs.
  • Giving interests can be single words or short phrases.
  • Giving interests should have a minimum number of occurrences in the database in order to be considered for the lists.

Arts & Culture The term should refer to the products or processes involved with a wide range of human activities, creations and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, paintings, among others. Creativity. Expression. Can include historic or heritage items. Animation
World music
Community Development The term should refer to those practices, processes, or disciplines concerned with improving and developing both local and broader communities where people live, work, and play. Can include social change, economic development, political reform. Agriculture
Civil rights
Homeland security
Land development
Education The term should refer to those products, people, processes, or experiences involved with transmitting accumulated knowledge, experience, skills, and values from one group to another. Instruction. Teaching. Learning. Academy
City schools
ESL program
Environment The term should refer to those practices, processes, people, or items concerned with the external conditions or surroundings in which people live and work. All the biotic and abiotic factors that act on an organism, population, or ecological community and influence its survival and development. Biotic factors include the organisms themselves, their food, and their interactions. Abiotic factors include items such as sunlight, soil, air, water, climate, and pollution. May include how organisms respond to changes in their environment (adaptations in form and behaviour). Animals
Forest conservation
Global warming
Land use
Health The term should refer to those practices, processes, disciplines, or people concerned with maintaining, treating, or improving the physical, mental, and social well-being of people. Health care services. Lifestyle. Disease. Wellness. Treatment. AIDS
Brain injury
Eye sight
Intensive care
Medical research
Music therapy
International Giving The term should refer to an activity, practice, or discipline concerned with an area or region outside of North America, or to the area or region itself. May be defined geographically (e.g. Middle East) or politically (e.g. Zimbabwe). Albania
International economics
Southern Africa
Religion (Faith-Based) The term should refer to those practices, activities, disciplines, or peoples involved with specific faiths or belief systems. Most often publicly shared. British
Church of America
Social & Human Services The term should refer to those practices, activities, disciplines, services, or people involved with organized efforts to advance or improve human welfare. Social work, social change, social justice. Works toward improving the quality of life and developing the potential of each individual,group, and community within a society. Adoption
Child protection
Crisis services
Violence prevention
Sports& Recreation The term should refer to those practices, activities, disciplines, services or people involved with specific physical activities, sports, or hobbies done for leisure or fun. Aquatic


You may search in this field for any director for any foundation in FoundationSearch.
For connected directors, search in Director Connections,

TIP: Note the autofill section. You may enter the first part of either the first or last name of the director.