The Philanthropy Collaborative

Our Members

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Association of Art Museum Directors
The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. The AAMD accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice; serving as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas; acting as an advocate for its member art museums; and being a leader in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in society.

California Wellness Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is a private, independent foundation. Their mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions; environmental health; healthy aging; mental health; teenage pregnancy prevention; violence prevention; women's health; and work and health. TCWF is one of the state's largest private foundations. Since its founding in 1992, the Foundation has awarded 5,418 grants totaling more than $674 million.

Capital Area REACH
The Capital Area REACH Program committed to helping young people in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area become successful in school, work, and the community. For more than six years, with caring adult volunteers and employers, the REACH Program has gotten students involved in community service in order to teach them the critical skills that they need in order to succeed - including organization, perseverance, timeliness and creativity.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.1 billion, made 469 grants totaling $109.3 million in 2009.

Children's Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1998, the Children's Scholarship Fund has the mission of giving parents a choice and children a chance when it comes to their education. We do this by providing partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools in grades K-8. We focus on the earlier grades to ensure a solid educational foundation. Since our inception, more than 96,000 children have benefited from our scholarships across the United States as part of our mission to expand choice in education. Currently almost 29,000 children are using CSF scholarships. These children are attending the school of their parents choice through the generosity of our donors, the efforts of our 38 partner programs across the country and the sacrifices made by the families themselves, who pay-on average-50% of their children's tuition.

The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care, and encouraging healthy living. The Foundation invests in the community through initiatives and grants to health-related nonprofits that focus on these goals, as well as by operating medical education programs to increase the health care workforce. The Foundation's assets of more than $1 billion are almost evenly divided between an investment portfolio and an ownership interest in HealthONE, metropolitan Denver's largest hospital system.

Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas traces its roots back to 1953. Since then, more than $900 million in grants have been made by the Dallas-based foundation and it has grown to become one of the largest community foundations in the nation. CFT saves time and effort for people who make charitable gifts. We also help donors take advantage of optimal tax benefits and connect their individual charitable goals with real community needs.

Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students - many in jeopardy of dropping out - have the opportunity to focus on learning.

Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), Yale University, School of Public Health
The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) was established in spring 2007 as an integral component of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI). A goal of YCCI is to translate research from "bench to bedside"; the Alliance will help to take that one step further -- translating research from "bedside to community." The establishment of CARE at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation provides an unprecedented opportunity to foster rigorous community-based research and to translate findings of scientific breakthrough and discovery to enhance health care.

Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a Washington, DC, area-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,100 grantmaking foundations and corporations. The assets of Council members total more than $282 billion. As the voice of philanthropy, the Council works to create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive, and to provide Council members with the products and services they need to do their best work.

Daniels Fund
Bill Daniels, who achieved significant business success, realized that he was extremely fortunate. He believed that everyone comes into this world with an innate and unique potential for success and fulfillment. By sharing his wealth, Bill hoped to provide the means for more people to realize their unique potential. The Daniels Fund is the culmination of Bill's lifetime of giving. Through the work of the Daniels Fund, Bill hoped that others would be inspired to give of themselves. Bill brought his unique style to all his philanthropic endeavors-a very personal concern and involvement with individuals in need and the organizations that served them. The Daniels Fund will work in the same open, responsive spirit. Through the Daniels Scholarship Program and the Daniels Grants Program, the Fund is developing dynamic relationships with the community leaders who can help students, individuals, children, and families to realize their potential.

David & Laura Merage Foundation
The Merage Foundation's mission is to promote self-sufficiency through education and community development. The foundation's philanthropic investments are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives. The Merage Foundation believes that education is the gateway to optimal life outcomes, and the majority of their initiatives are tied to increasing educational opportunities. In the Art and Community program area, the foundation continues their commitment to education. With the founding of RedLine, a vibrant community art incubator supporting the creative expression of emerging and mid-career artists, they are providing an innovative approach to art education.

DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation that began its first phase of operations on January 20, 1989, redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. The Kitchen is founded on the premise that when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by using every resource available. Be it food, money, or people, we hate to see wasted potential. Since its inception, DC Central Kitchen has used the kitchen as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers.

EverybodyWins! DC
EverybodyWins! is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children's literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. These experiences enhance children's self-esteem, expand their possibilities for success in school and life and enable adult volunteers and communities to experience the rewards of enriching young lives. The U.S. Senate helped launch the Power Lunch program at Robert Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on March 7, 1995. Currently, EW!DC operates programs in 39 Title I public elementary schools, impacting more than 4,000 at-risk children in underserved communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is the 30th largest foundation in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.

Foundation For The Carolinas
Established as a community foundation, Foundation For The Carolinas is a nonprofit corporation created by and for the people of the Carolinas. We are here to help individuals, families, nonprofits and corporations make a positive impact on their communities. As a public charity, the Foundation offers favorable tax treatment for gifts and a variety of giving methods to help people achieve their charitable goals. Today, the Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the southeast and among the top 25 in the United States. Foundation For The Carolinas inspires philanthropy and strengthens our region through innovative community initiatives and quality services to donors and constituents.

The Lincoln Community Foundation
To help build a great city; to nurture, harness and direct that energy is the aspiration of the Lincoln Community Foundation. Founded on April 11, 1955, the goal is to secure gifts to perpetually enrich and improve the community and the lives of all citizens. The foundation manages nearly $60 million and works with individuals, families, non-profits and businesses to support a multitude of charitable organizations. The foundation provides more than 350 grants, in the arts, culture, children and youth, basic needs, family issues, environmental enhancement, human diversity, older adults and capital improvements. The Lincoln Community Foundation also provides 50 scholarships to students of a variety of different backgrounds, educational level and economic background.

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
The seven founders of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation passed a hat in 1978, collecting $200 and some change. The Community Foundation was thus begun with an extraordinary idea: Charitable giving should be the responsibility of many, not just a select few. Driven to improve the metropolitan area, the Community Foundation has grown to become one of the largest and most entrepreneurial public charities of its kind. The Community Foundation, including its six affiliates within the Greater Kansas City region, is recognized as a national leader in making sure every philanthropic investment returns the greatest emotional, civic and financial benefit possible.

Houston Endowment Inc.
Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic foundation that improves life for the people of the greater Houston are through its charitable organizations and educational institutions. Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones understood that they would prosper only if their community thrived, and from the time they married in 1920 until they established Houston Endowment Inc. in 1937, the couple donated more than $1 million to establish and develop institutions and organizations that would nurture Houston's people and encourage the city's growth.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with, loans, grants and equity investments, local, statewide and national policy support, and technical and management assistance. LISC is a national organization with a community focus. Their program staff is based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

The Meadows Foundation
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. Al Meadows built General American Oil Company of Texas into one of the nation's most successful independent oil and gas production companies. Believing that his own life was greatly enriched by giving, Meadows shared his wealth with many charitable causes benefiting the people of the state that had been so generous to him. Wishing to share the joy of giving with their extended family, both living and yet unborn, Al and Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation so that their philanthropy would continue in perpetuity, under the guidance and direction of family members and trusted advisors.

Midwestern Governor's Association
The Midwestern Governors Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together the governors of 12 states to work cooperatively on public policy issues of significance to the Midwestern region. The MGA was created in December 1962, when articles of organization were adopted at the first annual meeting in Chicago. The members of our association include the governors of the following 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

National Conference of Democratic Mayors
The National Conference of Democratic Mayors (NCDM) is a forum created in the 1970's to give Democratic Mayors a place to reflect their own unique views and objectives as the leaders of American cities. The NCDM's mission is to:

  • Serve as the structure through which Mayors who subscribe to the principles of the Democratic Party can communicate and promote the goals of the party as they relate to cities;
  • Act as a liaison between the nation's Democratic Mayors, the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic Organizations; and
  • Create a political network of Mayors to affect local, state and national elections and to aid in the re-election of incumbent Mayors who are members of the Democratic Party.
National School Foundation Association
Many schools are beginning to understand what colleges and universities have known for decades: there are many individuals who wish to support education, and a foundation is an excellent way to begin to develop this stream of philanthropy for K-12 schools. The Mission of the National School Foundation Association (NSFA) is to promote the establishment, organization, development, and success of K-12 school foundations and their partnering schools and school districts. NSFA provides a consistent source of realistic resources available for immediate help to the many schools and school districts looking to establish a foundation.

The Philanthropy Roundtable
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of individual donors, foundation trustees and staff, and corporate giving officers. The Roundtable attracts independent donors who benefit from being part of an organization dedicated to helping them achieve their charitable objectives. In addition to offering expert advice and counsel, the Roundtable puts donors in touch with peers who share similar concerns and interests.

The Randolph Foundation
The Randolph Foundation was established as a charitable trust under the will of H. Smith Richardson in 1972. Chartered with a broad mandate, it was operated under the aegis of the Smith Richardson Foundation's public policy arm, making grants that were, for the most part, indistinguishable from the focus of the Smith Richardson Foundation per se. In the spring of 1991 The Randolph Foundation began to operate as an organization wholly separate from the Smith Richardson Foundation. The Randolph Foundation continues to focus on public policy issues, but from a slightly different perspective: we are particularly concerned with fostering those underlying values and attitudes that enable free-market and democratic systems to function and flourish. We believe those values are reflected in individual character and are central to the institutional foundations of a free society: morality and public life, family and community, and those structures affecting the preservation and continuing development of Western Civilization.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation
The mission of the Fort Myers-based Southwest Florida Community Foundation is to connect donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. Formed in 1976 with $500 from the First National Bank of Fort Myers and with the inspiration of a small, dedicated group of attorneys, trust officers and community leaders, the Foundation now administers more than 320 different endowed funds. They provide support to nonprofit organizations throughout Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties, enhancing the quality of life for many Southwest Florida residents.

The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation
The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation changes lives by improving educational opportunities, increasing access to, and options for, health care and facilitating change in human services. The foundation strives to support organizations that show a commitment to innovation and big ideas, and is also a partner and strategic investor in healthcare and education. The foundation seeks to fund innovative programs that improve education, health care and the capacity of human services organizations, focusing their giving in Denver, Colorado, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in California.

Toledo Community Foundation
The Toledo Community Foundation is the community foundation serving the Toledo region, including Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area. Since 1973, the Toledo Community Foundation has worked with individuals, families and businesses, assisting them in making effective choices that match their philanthropic interest and needs while creating a better community for generations to come. Since 1973, generous donors have created more than 450 funds, which today have a combined market value of approximately $150 million. Cumulative grants to support charitable projects over the past 34 years have totaled more than $95 million, with approximately $8.6 million granted in 2007 alone.

Triad Foundation Inc.
Based in Ithaca, New York, Triad Foundation, Inc. is a family foundation which makes over $9 million in grants each year - primarily for graduate fellowships at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, educational programs serving children and youth, marine and tropical ecology, scientific research and human services. Its grantmaking is concentrated on the East Coast, primarily in Central New York; Chapel Hill, Charlotte and coastal North Carolina; and Tampa and the Gulf Coast of Florida. The values which drive the philanthropic mission of Triad reflect the desire of its donor, Roy Hampton Park, to encourage Americans to take advantage of the opportunities offered by their country. Triad's grantmaking moves forward his commitment to democracy and free enterprise, to religious liberty and freedom of thought, and to broad access to education and employment.

The Wasie Foundation
The Wasie Foundation serves as a vital, enduring legacy of Minneapolis trucking pioneer Stanley L. Wasie, a Polish immigrant who overcame early hardship to achieve the American dream. It is also the legacy of his remarkable family and their compassion and concern for generations to come. This independent foundation was established in 1966 by Stanley Wasie as a lasting vehicle for the family's philanthropy. In the years since its inception, The Wasie Foundation has distributed tens of millions of dollars in grants in fulfillment of the charitable intentions of the Wasie family. Today, as an active member of the national philanthropic community, The Wasie Foundation works in close partnership with community organizations to help people overcome barriers and to encourage a spirit of self-reliance exemplified by the lives of Stanley Wasie and his wife, Marie.