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National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program

Matching Grants Promote National Forest Conservation and Restoration

The National Forest Foundation was established by Congress to support the Forest Service in its management of America’s National Forests and Grasslands. The Foundation’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides grants to nonprofit organizations, universities, and Native American tribes throughout the U.S. to engage in on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. Funded projects must address one of the following focus areas: The Outdoor Experiences category supports projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of outdoor experiences in National Forests. The Forest Health category supports citizen-involved projects that maintain or restore ecosystem resiliency in National Forests. The Foundation also encourages projects that integrate the Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health program areas. All grants require at least a one-to-one cash match through non-federal donations. In addition, MAP requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public. The proposal deadlines for 2019 are January 23 and June 13. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each MAP focus area and to submit the required eligibility questionnaire.


Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant Program

Community Activities Focused on Urban Birds Supported

The Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant Program, an initiative of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, supports community organizations, educators, and youth throughout the United States that host neighborhood events that introduce the public and youth to birds found in urban areas. Examples of eligible events include bird-activity days at local museums, libraries, or community centers, as well as art and gardening activities at clubs, schools, or senior centers. Mini-grants ranging from $100 to $750 are provided. Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 31, 2018. Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website to submit an online application.

Posted 11/29/18

Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector


Nonprofits are invited to participate in updating the groundbreaking 2014 Causes Count report on the economic and social impact of California’s nonprofit sector. That study revealed a few surprising things including, for example, that nonprofits employ one in 15 California residents. CalNonprofits and The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego are again collaborating to update the report and dive deeper into areas like government funding.

Can we count on you to complete the 10-15 minute survey? It is designed to be completed by someone who understands your organization’s overall operations – if that’s not you, please forward this email to that person. Click here to get started. Responses are due by Friday December 21st.

If you have to pause the survey midway, please keep it open on your browser because if you close it, your responses will not be saved.

Your responses will help inform policymakers, philanthropic leadership, and the public about what we do and why it’s important. Please share the survey link with nonprofit executives in other organizations – the more organizations that respond, the more useful the report will be for us all.

Your individual responses will be kept confidential; all data will be reported in aggregate and no individual names or organizational identities will be shared. We will combine your responses with data from IRS Forms 990, government funding data, Department of Labor data, economic metrics, and a survey of California residents to tell the story of California’s nonprofit sector.

Prizes! If you choose to share your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered to win one of 15 prizes:

Plus, we will send you an electronic version of the report when it is released to the public in Spring 2019.

If you have any questions about this survey or the study, please contact Dr. Mary Jo Schumann, Director of Research at [email protected] or 619­-260-­7649.

Thank you again for your work and for sharing your experiences. You can find the survey here.

The Shubert Foundation

Grants Promote the Theatre and Dance Fields Nationwide

The Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation provides general operating support to nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies that have an established artistic and administrative track record, as well as a history of fiscal responsibility. A limited number of grants are also made to arts-related organizations that help support the development of theatre and dance, as well as graduate drama departments of private universities. Applications for theatre grants are due December 5, 2018. All other grant applications must be submitted by October 17, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application instructions.

Posted 9/13/18

The Growth in Total Household Giving Is Camouflaging a Decline in Giving by Small and Medium Donors: What Can We Do about It?

Nonprofit Quarterly | Patrick M. Rooney | September 13, 2018

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AARP Foundation

Initiatives to Assist Low-Income Seniors Funded

The AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. The Foundation has issued the following Requests for Applications (RFAs): The Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among low-income older adults. The Tackling Senior Food Insecurity RFA will support nonprofit organizations with innovative solutions to bring to scale proven approaches that increase food security for low-income older adults. The application deadline for both RFAs is September 28, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about each grant opportunity.

Posted 8/2/18

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Grants for Social and Environmental Justice Projects

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.  To that end, one-year grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Grants can be used to support both programming or operational costs.

The foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots constituent-led organizations with annual budgets under $500,000 that are using direct action, grassroots, and community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals.  The foundation will begin accepting applications on August 2. Pre-proposals must be received no later than October 15, 2018. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation website for complete eligibility and application guidelines as well as summaries of grant projects from previous years.

Posted July 31, 2018

Charitable Giving Expected to Plunge: How Nonprofits Can Survive

TechSoup Blog | Michael Stein and Jim Lynch | May 31, 2018

The new U.S. tax overhaul officially called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect in early 2018. We don’t know with certainty what the effect of the new law will be on charitable donations, but the projections for charitable giving don’t look good.

It is wise and prudent for U.S. nonprofits and faith-based organizations to prepare for a lean year with regard to individual donations. In this blog post, we discuss these upcoming changes and offer some practical suggestions on how your charity can prepare for a difficult year ahead.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company: Community Grant Program

Grants for animal welfare, the arts and music education

The Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Community Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, and in Chicago and Cook County, IL. Grants ranging up to $5,000 are given in the following categories: animal welfare, the arts, and music education.  California organizations may apply from August 1 through September 14, 2018.  Visit the company’s website to learn more about the grant guidelines and application process.