This page is a resource for finding research and education awards made by private foundations, public charities, and community foundations. Consult agency websites for more detailed information. Find more funding opportunities by going to the Pivot funding opportunities database, selecting “Sponsor Type,” then selecting “Private Foundation” and/or “Other Nonprofit.” The UC Berkeley Corporate and Foundation Relations unit also provides assistance to the campus community.
- Foundation Center: Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants.
- Philanthropy News Digest RFPs: Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits.
- Find Funders: Find information about over 100,000 grantmakers.
- Northern California Grantmakers: NCG supports over 150 grantmaking organizations and individuals who have a combined grantmaking total of more than $3 billion annually.
- Grantmakers for Education: GFE is the nation’s largest and most diverse network of education grantmakers dedicated to improving educational outcomes and increasing opportunities for all learners.
- Christensen Fund: The Bay Area Program has two primary themes: Bay Area Native Peoples and Landscapes, and Building Understanding and Engaging Communities.
- Clorox Company Foundation: The Foundation makes grants primarily in its headquarters community of Oakland, California. The Foundation concentrates its contributions in two focus areas: education/youth development and culture/civic programs.
- Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation: The Foundation promotes religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities in the nine counties of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
- Genentech Foundation: The Foundation awards grants in support of organizations that undertake charitable activities in the areas of: health science education (undergraduate and graduate level research programs), community-wide civic initiatives, and programs that provide “everyday needs” assistance for veterans with PTSD and families of children with cancer.
- Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation: The primary geographical focus is on the San Francisco Bay Area (counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo) and Hawaii.
- Kimball Foundation: The Kimball Foundation supports college access and persistence, workplace and vocational training, cultural enrichment, and environmental education programs serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties and to a limited extent Santa Clara County as far south as Palo Alto.
- San Francisco Foundation: Grantmaking is strategic and responsive to the changing needs of the Bay Area. The Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations and city departments to expand opportunity in the Bay Area and make a greater impact.
- Trio Foundation: The Trio Foundation funds organizations that serve young children and their families in the San Francisco East Bay Area (Alameda and Contra Costa counties).
- Blue Shield of California Foundation of California: The Foundation focuses support in two program areas: Health Care and Coverage and Blue Shield Against Violence.
- California HealthCare Foundation: CHCF is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo.
- California Wellness Foundation: The mission of the Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
- James Irvine Foundation:The focus is on expanding economic and political opportunity for California families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty.