Potential Program Funders
Bank of America has local grant priorities that vary by location and state, but a corporate focus is on Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, which recognizes, nurtures, and rewards community-based organizations, local heroes and student leaders working to improve their communities. Community development and neighborhood preservation are two key areas of interest.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has four priority programs—Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty. The Pathways Out of Poverty mission is to identify, test, and help sustain pathways out of poverty for low-income people and communities. This includes improving school readiness and performance, expanding economic opportunity, and strengthening and sustaining low-income community organizational structure. In addition to the four programs, there is an exploratory and special projects fund.
Entergy has varied grant avenues and each has specific priorities. Look under open grants, community partnership grants, and Entergy Foundation grants. The general focus areas are community improvement/enrichment, environment, healthy families, low-income initiatives, and education and literacy in the service areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, and Vermont.
Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Three broad program focus areas are: reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity, and achievement.
JPMorgan Chase Foundation directs the majority of its time, attention and investment toward specific neighborhoods in cities where they have major operations. These neighborhoods are typically among the most challenged areas of major urban centers, defined by unacceptably high rates of poverty and historic disinvestment. Priority areas are community development: (1) resident-focused programming that addresses workforce development; asset building, and financial literacy and (2) community-focused programming that addresses: economic development and affordable housing; education; and arts and culture.
Kroger Company’s Family of Stores includes The Kroger Co. Foundation, The Fred Meyer Foundation, and The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation. Kroger focuses its charitable giving in several key areas: hunger relief; K–12 education; grassroots service organizations; women’s health; and advancement for women and minorities.
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Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) funds various community initiatives throughout New Jersey. The foundation supports programs in education, community and economic development, and the environment.
Thanksgiving Fund proposals should address one or more of the following program areas: social, economic, or health, justice, environmental protection and restoration, the arts, or gender equality. The funders are particularly interested in projects and organizations that demonstrate innovative leadership, ideas, and actions that create economic and/or social change with a local, regional, or international reach.
US Bancorp Foundation giving program is designed to respect the diversity of the communities where they operate. They are actively involved in our communities, partnering with local nonprofits to meet specific needs within each community. General priorities include education and financial literacy, affordable housing, and economic development.
UMB Bank emphasizes expansion of access and appreciation of the arts, furthering economic development, advancing educational opportunities, agriculture, and promoting health and wellness.
Wells Fargo helps customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life. They promote economic development and self-sufficiency through community development, financial education, cash contributions, affordable housing, and environmental stewardship with the help of team member volunteers.
Wheat Ridge Ministries is an independent Lutheran charitable organization that provides support for Community Service Ministries which impacts the health of people who are at-risk in urban centers and rural communities by addressing issues such as poverty, education, housing, and community development. Working with a Lutheran congregation or agency is a necessary bonus.