Sponsored Projects

Nonprofit Organizations

This page is a resource for finding research and education awards made by private foundations, public charities, and community foundations. Consult agency web sites 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

Resource Description
Foundation Center Home Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs.
Philanthropy News Digest Request for Proposals Bulletin The RFP Bulletin lists funding opportunities from foundations and other grantmaking organizations. Email subscription is also available for the RFP Bulletin and other free electronic newsletters.
Foundation Finder Foundation Finder offers basic information on grantmakers in the U.S. including private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs.

Grantmakers Associations

Resource Description
Northern California Grantmakers NCG is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private grantmakers. NCG supports the activity of approximately 170 grantmaking organizations and individuals. The online Member Directory contains an updated list of members, including foundations, corporate giving progarms, government grantmakers and philanthropic management entities, with links to websites (if available).
Grantmakers for Education Grantmakers for Education is a membership organization for private and public philanthropies that support improved education outcomes for students from early childhood through higher education. The GFE Member Directory includes over 200 organizations.

Selected Agencies

Bay Area Grantmakers

Agency Description
Christensen Fund Since 2003, the Fund focus has been biocultural diversity. The Fund seeks to support the resilience of living diversity at landscape and community level around the world in partnerships with Indigenous peoples and others. Grantmaking programs are focused around five special geographic priority regions and selected global biocultural initiatives, alongside some work in the San Francisco Bay Area community.
Clorox Company Foundation Based in Oakland, the mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Clorox employees live and work. The Foundation has focused on supporting programs that serve youth, kindergarten through 12th grade education, and cultural and civic organizations.
East Bay Community Foundation The East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs. The Foundation also serves as a center of philanthropic activity in the East Bay. Since 1928, almost 500 funds and endowments have been established at the Foundation.
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 national patient education and advocacy efforts.
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, in the categories of arts and culture, environment, reproductive rights and health, citizen participation, inclusiveness, strength of the philanthropic process and the nonprofit sector, and Foundation-initiated special projects. The Foundation supports projects and programs that focus on public policy and advocacy efforts.
David B. Gold Foundation The Foundation funds organizations that have an impact in the San Francisco Bay Area with an emphasis on Alameda and San Francisco counties and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota. Program areas are: Children, Youth, and Families; Environment; Democratic Values; and Jewish Culture.
Bill Graham Foundation The mission of the Bill Graham Foundation is to give grants primarily in the areas of music, the arts and education, while also supporting social work, environmental protection, and spiritual and compassionate projects primarily in the Bay Area and Northern California.
Kimball Foundation The Foundation provides opportunities for the at-risk and disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area to improve the quality of their lives and reach their highest potential. Focus areas include Academic Enrichment, Cultural Enrichment, Environmental Education, and Vocational Development. The foundation prioritizes the support of organizations that promote college access and encourage community service for low-income youth. Grants in the arts are made to groups that predominately serve youth.
San Francisco Foundation The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area in the categories of Arts and Culture, Community Development, Community Health, Education, and Environment.
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).

California Grantmakers

Agency Description
American Lung Association in California Each year, the Association dedicates nearly one million dollars to fund researchers in California. This money supports basic and clinical research through training and seed grants for beginning researchers.
Blue Shield Foundation of California The Foundation focuses support in two program areas: Health Care and Coverage and Blue Shield Against Violence.
California HealthCare Foundation CHCF funds projects that are strategically aligned with its programs: Better Chronic Disease Care, Innovations for the Underserved, Market and Policy Monitor, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, and State Health Policy.
California Wellness Foundation The following health issues are prioritized: Diversity in the Health Professions, Environmental Health, Healthy Aging, Mental Health, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention, Violence Prevention, Women’s Health, and Work and Health.
James Irvine Foundation The Irvine Foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. Grants are made in three program areas: Arts, California Democracy, and Youth.
Save the Redwoods League Research grants support basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forest ecosystems, on ecosystem function, community interactions, rare and threatened species, and the impact of climate change on redwood forests. Education grants fund schools, park associations and other qualified nonprofits that provide redwood education.