Resources to Help You Succeed

The Center for Professional Development (CPD)
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations offers a one-hour presentation through the Center for Professional Development (CPD) that includes an overview of the our role in fundraising for RIT and an introduction to the Foundation Directory Online. You may also schedule a special session for your college or department by contacting Nancy Bears.

Foundation Directory Online and The Foundation Center
The Foundation Directory Online is a comprehensive database of 140,000 grantmakers nationwide. Accessible to RIT faculty and staff 24/7, it enables you to identify the most probable funders to meet your specific need. Search by field of interest, geographic location, scale of grant, type of funding needed, and more. The directory provides a concise profile of each foundation, including how to approach, and URL for details. We encourage faculty and staff to use this remarkable resource often and then to contact Foundation Relations at before contacting any foundation. We are also available to do training sessions for you or your working group.

The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive information about all types of foundations in the US. It maintains a useful and up-to-date site with many useful links. It includes information from its directories, news, and an online library.

Foundation Websites
In general, the most up-to-date information about any foundation will be found on its own website. Most medium and large foundations have websites, on which they post their guidelines, contact names and phone numbers, deadlines, lists of past grants, and annual reports. We recommend checking the results of your directory searches against the foundations' sites.

Proposal-Writing Resources
Foundation Center Proposal Writing Short Course

Project Initiation Form
The Project Initiation Form provides the Corporate Foundation Relations team a basic understanding of your work.  It gets you thinking in terms of foundation funding rather than federal (i.e., NSF).  Utilizing creative keywords and approaches (i.e., graphic design archives as American Art) helps our research team find more potential funders.  If you're new to Foundation grant seeking, this also helps to frame your work.  Once completed, please submit to Nancy Bears at   A member of the team will then contact you to further discuss your research project.
Project Initiation Form

Inside Philanthropy
Timely, clear articles and interviews regarding foundation funding. Also offers contact information for the “gatekeepers” of major foundations. Funding organized by type makes searching easy (arts, higher ed, health, science). Limited number of free articles.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
"The newspaper of the nonprofit world. Some portions of the web site available only to subscribers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
The major news service in the United States academic world. Presents news and information for college and university faculty members and administration.

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest (PND) is a daily news service of the Foundation Center, providing philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.