Grants for Children
501(c)(3) Grants for Children in the United States
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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
NOTE: Although unsolicited proposals are rarely considered, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Child Well-being Program’s grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry.
The mission of the Child Well-being Program is to promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect.
About Doris Duke and Child Well-being
Doris Duke took a special interest in the needs of children, supporting nearly 85 child welfare organizations during her life. In her will, Doris Duke expressed her interest in "the prevention of cruelty to children."
Children’s well-being and ability to thrive are strongly tied to the safety and stability of both their families and the communities where they live. These factors provide the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development during childhood. All children should be able to grow up in secure, positive, healthy and inclusive environments that allow them to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many children in the US experience a long legacy of unjust historic and systemic inequities and disparities that rob them of access to the fundamental factors that allow others to flourish. By funding efforts that strengthen the social service systems that serve these families and support the needs of children and caregivers together, the Child Well-being Program aims to promote children’s healthy development, prevent maltreatment, and ally with communities to create improved and more equitable outcomes for their children.
To accomplish this goal, the program focuses its grant making in three areas:
- Support Place-Based Approaches to Improving Well-being
- Strengthen and Coordinate Service Systems
- Build a Pipeline of Diverse Social Service Leaders
The Child Well-being Program’s grant-making strategy is designed to foster the long-term well-being of children, families, and communities by funding efforts to protect and improve the health and positive development of populations experiencing disproportional historic and systemic inequities in the US. We have a particular interest in supporting work that bolsters collaborative and culturally, geographically and locally relevant programs with and for families; for Native American or Alaska Native communities; and for youth in or transitioning out of foster care.
- Cultivate partnerships between organizations and systems that serve children and families to increase health equity and well-being.
- Coordinate efforts across a variety of social service systems.
- Implement interventions that meet the needs of children and families in their neighborhoods and communities.
- Increase access to prevention and treatment services.
- Communicate lessons and outcomes broadly to inform policy and practice.
- Invest in developing and supporting the next generation of leaders committed to implementing effective programs and policies serving children and families.
DCU For Kids
DCU for Kids is proud to help organizations with deserving causes and charities benefitting children and families.
Some organizations that receive support include youth community programs, anti-bullying initiatives, causes that are helping families whose loved ones are coping with cancer, cystic fibrosis, or autism.
Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
NOTE: We do not accept unsolicited applications and receive proposals by invitation only. If, after thoroughly reading our program guidelines, reviewing the list of grants made over the past four years, and confirming that your organization is a US Government recognized 501(c)(3) organization and that your program work is in the developing world, you may send a brief description of your organization, the program that you feel best fits our guidelines and a link to your website. If, after reviewing the material, we feel that there is a close fit between our program and yours, we will forward a detailed on-line Letter of Inquiry that you may compete and which will be considered for funding.
The Mission of the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations that seek to ensure basic needs and human rights including sustenance, education, healthcare and security to the most vulnerable children throughout the world. The Foundation's current grants programs focus on disabled, trafficked and refugee children.
The Foundation's Current International Grantmaking Program
Our current International Program is focused on several populations of particularly vulnerable children and also supports organizations that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. We note the overlap and diversity of these program areas and do, on occasion, support organizations whose work may be in an allied or supporting area. Many of the programs supported by the Foundation focus on ensuring that children are safe and have access to education and care.
Trafficked and Exploited Children
Trafficked and Exploited Children, whether kidnapped or entrusted to unscrupulous labor brokers by destitute families, are trapped in a world of forced labor, soldiering, begging and prostitution. They are denied most basic human rights, endure brutal daily conditions and, should they survive, have limited prospects as adults.
We partner with organizations that work to prevent child trafficking; to secure the release of children from their captivity and provide them with shelter, care and rehabilitation; and advocate for the passage and enforcement of laws against trafficking and the related scourge of child marriage. Our partners may return children to their families when that is a safe option or provide safe and nurturing preferably non-institutional long term care that enable children to gain a sense of self worth and dignity.
Trafficked and Exploited Children Program Targets:
- Prevention/Public Education Awareness
- Inclusion/Long Term Care Solutions
- Community-based Anti-child marriage Initiatives
Disabled Children are among the most marginalized and vulnerable. Lacking legal status and protections in many communities, disabled children face oppressive, and at times lethal, social stigma. Not surprisingly, they receive far less of scarce food, education and healthcare.
We partner with organizations that provide health care, emotional support, education and training, and that promote dignity and facilitate the child’s active and full inclusion and participation in their home, school and community.
- Family and Community-Based Care Models
- Education to Reach Full Potential
- School and Community Inclusion
Displaced and Refugee Children
Displaced and Refugee Children are often separated from families and communities in the midst of societal or economic collapse or war and conflict situations. They are vulnerable to bodily harm, being trafficked, and both disease and hunger and they witness and experience brutal events far beyond their capacity to comprehend. The effects are both immediate and long term, and children who find themselves resettled, or whose communities have found peace, have lost years of normal childhood development and education.
We partner with organizations that provide housing, stability and education to children to help them survive the difficult and dislocating conditions in which they are forced to live.
Displaced and Refugee Children:
- Safety/Housing/Reunification with Family
- Education/Expedited Curriculum/Vocational Training
- Resettlement and Reintegration
Sustainable Economic Communities
Sustainable Economic Communities, often led by entrepreneurs, provide the bedrock for child health, safety and development, and are the focus of this program. These communities are often in regions susceptible to climate change and political upheaval.
We partner with a very limited number of community based organizations that empower village-level entrepreneurs to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families and which strengthen the fabric of community health and education.
- Model programs of village level and entrepreneur-led economic development
- Focus on vulnerable communities and families, including refugee, adolescent girls, indigenous, and families with disabled children.
Attributes of Organizations we Typically Fund
Organizations funded typically work at the grassroots level providing direct services to children. We fund effective programs that, at a minimum:
- Have proven and measurable impact: program outcomes need to be clearly identified, measured and reported.
- Have sustainable impact: programs funded produce lasting change in the lives of a large number of children.
- Provide cost-effective impact: recognizing that cost-effectiveness varies between program types, we expect applicants to operate efficiently and demonstrate cost-effectiveness.
- Provide community-based solutions: programs need to recognize and leverage local traditions and partner with other local organizations when possible.
Organizations funded are well run. They have a proven and sustainable operating track record or, if they are new organizations, are led by individuals with meaningful experience; many are poised to leverage existing conditions to grow. We look to fund organizations that:
- Have a sustainable funding model: organizations that have developed multiple funding sources, including program revenues when possible.
- Are positioned to expand the numbers of children their program serves: successful programs, with a sustainable funding model and infrastructure in place, that have a clear plan to increase the breadth of their services.
- Are positioned to expand the number of programs they provide to children: experienced and successful organization with conviction that adding an additional program will deepen their success serving children.
- Are poised to take their programs to new settings: proven, cost-effective programs that are adaptable to the local conditions of different locations or settings.
Our Current Grants Program
Grant Types: The Ross Foundation primarily makes Program Grants to support those programs and projects of organizations that benefit a large number of children in our target populations. We fund both organizations with a sole focus of working with children and also broader organizations that have substantial programs benefiting children.
Multi-year funding is occasionally made, but is structured on the completion of set milestones and measured outcomes.
Beginning in 2015, the Foundation shifted from funding small capital projects and equipment purchases to providing program funding, as described above. Grant range is typically between $25,000 to $50,000, but the Foundation does occasionally make larger and smaller grants.
New York Community Trust
NYCT: Healthy Lives
We help providers deliver efficient, patient-focused, equitable, and cost-effective health and behavioral health services to all New Yorkers. We support projects that develop the skills and independence of four groups of people with special needs: the elderly, the blind or visually impaired, children and youth with disabilities, and people with developmental disabilities. We also support biomedical research and projects for animal welfare.
Health and Behavioral Health
Program goal: to promote an equitable, patient-focused, and cost-effective health and behavioral health care delivery system.
Grants are made to:
- Advocate for successful health care reform implementation to ensure:
- maintenance of a strong and viable health and behavioral health care safety net;
- access to comprehensive and coordinated care for those who remain uninsured or underinsured; and
- availability of screening, early intervention, and referral for effective treatment of disease.
- Build the capacity of New York City’s health, behavioral health, and human service sectors to succeed in a reformed health care system by:
- developing effective skills training for the professional and paraprofessional health care workforce; and
- strengthening financial and information technology systems to allow transition to value-based payments.
- Reduce health disparities between low- and higher-income neighborhoods through investments in disadvantaged communities that:
- improve indoor and outdoor air quality;
- provide safe and inviting parks and open space;
- promote access to affordable and healthy food; and
- engage residents in efforts to encourage physical activity and healthy diets.
- Foster the independence of people with mental illness and substance use histories by:
- expanding innovative programs that offer clinical care as well as practical services, such as housing, employment, and education; and
- advocating for expansion of participant-led or informed service models that are sustainable and effective.
People With Special Needs
The Trust has a coordinated approach that reflects the common challenges and opportunities for four groups of people with special needs: the elderly, children and youth with disabilities, people with blindness and visual disabilities, and people with developmental disabilities. We support projects that target low-income individuals and communities.
Grants are made to:
- Make New York City communities—especially those that are under-resourced—accessible, welcoming, and inclusive for people with special needs by:
- supporting research and pilot efforts that demonstrate these principles; and
- ensuring that laws that fund services and expand opportunities are implemented fully and effectively.
- Ensure that health, social, education, and vocational services allow people with special needs to live up to their fullest potential by:
- supporting and replicating proven strategies that help these populations receive appropriate education, high quality vocational preparation, and equal employment opportunities;
- testing new approaches that use technology and other innovations to help people with special needs remain as independent as possible; and
- supporting families and caregivers of people with special needs.
- Build the capacity of nonprofits serving people with special needs by:
- ensuring the workforce serving these populations is provided effective training, better career pathways, and increased job quality;
- helping agencies create appropriate financial and management systems, and partnerships to benefit from new financing mechanisms through Medicaid and Medicare.
Theodore R And Vivian M Johnson Scholarship Foundation Inc
We have chosen education because we believe that it is the best means to empower people to get better jobs, to become more independent and to participate more fully in our society.
Our Grantmaking Strategy
We fund scholarships and other programs, which serve people in financial need. The Foundation’s programs are meant to help people who, through no fault of their own, do not enjoy the advantages of the affluent. Grantmaking is focused on organizations and institutions that serve Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities and economically disadvantaged people.
People with Disabilities
The Foundation has unique experience and contacts by virtue of its core grantmaking in this area. Since the early 1990s we have funded scholarships for students with disabilities at each campus of Florida’s State University System and have developed close ties with the disability service offices at each of the 12 campuses. The Foundation also provides scholarships for students with disabilities at Dalhousie University, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute for Technology and Gallaudet University. As in other areas of its programing, the Foundation supports early education, which is especially important for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and blind students. Since inception we have made an annual grant to Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and in recent years we have made grants to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech.
The Foundation makes grants to organizations that educate, mentor or otherwise support students with learning disabilities. Examples of these are Landmark East School, Mount Allison University, Eye to Eye and the Edge Foundation.
In this area of funding the Foundation has chosen to focus on employment. People with disabilities, even those with good educational qualifications, still have difficulty entering the work force. Therefore the Foundation has developed a portfolio of grants to transition oriented programs, which are designed to help people with disabilities obtain traction in the workplace. These grants are riskier than scholarships but, when they work, often have great social impact. They also resonate with the Foundation’s desire to identify niche areas which may have been overlooked by other educational funders.
Examples of workplace transition grants include National Organization on Disability’s Bridges to Business and Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities.
Sonnentag Foundation Ltd.
Who We Help
The Sonnentag Foundation targets our support to organizations in cities where County Materials Corporation and County Prestress, LLC have facilities. We partner with organizations that support individuals in four key service areas: Hunger & Homelessness Support, Military Personnel & Veteran Services, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Assault Services, and Youth Mentoring & Skills Building.
Hunger & Homelessness
We believe that supporting community-led, self-help organizations directly benefits low-income, underprivileged, and the needy as well as homeless Americans, including men, women, low-income children and veterans of war.
Military Personnel & Veteran Support
We believe in empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives and treating all military personnel with respect and dignity.
Sexual Abuse & Domestic Assault Services
Our goal is to help sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives.
Youth Mentoring & Skills Building
We look for organizations that provide services and resources related to career and workforce readiness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership development, academic help, recreation opportunities, life skills training, STEM and youth mentorship.