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  • 10/15/2014: Other

    United States

    The Fund for Shared Insight is a new multiyear collaboration of seven organizations that aims to pool financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Partners include the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the JPB Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The fund will award grants of one to three years to nonprofit organizations for efforts to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people they are seeking to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share what organizations learn. Nonprofit organizations may apply for grants in three categories: practice, research, and support. Practice grants will support projects that advance the practice of using feedback loops to hear from those the organization seeks to help. Research grants will be awarded to projects that aim to identify how feedback data may be best collected and whether there may be some perceptual or experience data that can serve as leading indicators of change. Support grants are designed to bolster efforts to increase foundation openness in service of effectiveness. To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt nonprofit organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, grant requests must not be more than 20 percent of the organization's annual budget in any one year, and the organization must have sufficient capacity to execute the proposal and measure results. Priority will be given to organizations that are at least two years old.

    Web site: http://www.fundforsharedinsight.org/grant-process

  • 10/15/2014: Other

    United States

    The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers grants to nonprofit, grass-roots community organizing groups throughout the United States. Grants of up to $20,000 each will support organizations working to bring about progressive social change by focusing on the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems through constituent-led organizing and activist strategies. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with budgets under $500,000. Applicants with fiscal agents that have tax-exempt status are also eligible.

    Web site: http://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-change-program

  • 10/15/2014: Social services

    United States

    Applications for grants of up to $3,000 each from RedRover to help organizations that provide emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence to create space to house the pets of victims. It is expected that the grant will enable the shelter of at least one pet within one year after project completion. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code whose primary mission is to provide shelter to victims of domestic violence.

    E-mail: info@redrover.org

    Web site: http://www.redrover.org/node/1099

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