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When we make grants, we look for fresh thinking and for innovative people and organizations. We set benchmarks to measure success and monitor progress to ensure that goals are being met.

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Organizations seeking grants

Our grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using our online form.

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Individuals seeking fellowships

We make a very limited number of grants to individuals, generally restricted to fellowships for advanced study. The foundation does not award undergraduate scholarships or make grants for purely personal needs.

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Grantee Perception Report

In our commitment to constantly improve how we work with our partners, we invited grantees to participate in a survey. Learn about our strengths—and how we can do better.

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Types of Support

Requests are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Types of support include grants, recoverable grants, loans and loan guarantees.

Other Philanthropic Resources

A list of organizations that may help fund your work or connect you to potential funders.

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