Orgs - Philanthropies

Foresighted and foresight-oriented philanthropies around the world. 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.


Advancing science and technology, as the chief drivers of American prosperity. 
Alfred Mann Foundation
Developing innovative bionic solutions for medical disabilities.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Grants for higher education, museums, performing arts, population, environmental conservation, and public affairs.
Annenberg Foundation
Improving communication, education, culture, the arts, and civic life.
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Grants to non-profit institutions to promote cutting-edge research in chemistry and life sciences. Beckman was the world's leading science philanthropist, and a 20th century renaissance man.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Initiatives in global health, education, public libraries, and local support for at-risk families.
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Policy center strengthening teaching and learning in America's colleges and schools. 
Cisco Systems Foundation
Integrating effective information technology into community organizations.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Providing grants in conservation and science, population, children, families, and communities.
Ford Foundation
Major source of grants to "strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement." 
Foundation for the Future
Support for envisioning the long and very long term future.
GE Foundation
Programs to create quality education, especially for underrepresented groups. 
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Focusing on major health care issues facing the nation. 
Horatio Alger Association and Awards
Annual list of America's most distinguished business success stories. $5 million annually in college scholarships.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Individual fellowships (average grant, $37K) for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. 
Lasker Foundation
Supporting innovation in medical science. Lasker awards.
Lawrence Foundation
Supporting educational, environmental, health and other causes (Jeff Lawrence).
Legler Benbough Foundation
Improving civic life for San Diego and the U.S.. Funded the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology at UC San Diego.

MacArthur Foundation
Supporting security, sustainability, community and human development, public interest media, and unrestricted MacArthur Fellow grants.
Markle Foundation
Accelerating communications media and information technology development to improve civic life.
National Science Foundation
U.S. government agency promoting the progress of science and the nation. 
Noyce Foundation
Strengthening K-12 math and science and other high-leverage content education.
Omidyar Network
Helping people discover their own power to make good things happen (Pierre Omidyar) 
Open Society Institute / Soros Foundations Network
Promoting open and democratic societies by global initiatives in education, media, public health, human and women's rights, social, legal, and economic reform.
Paul G. Allen Foundations
Funds IT in K-12 education, medical research, music, arts, and conservation.
PEW Charitable Trusts
Information, policy solutions, and support for the improvement of civic life.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Promoting active living and health for all Americans.

Russell Sage Foundation
Principal U.S. foundation for social sciences research. Future of work, society. 
Skoll Foundation
Advancing systemic change around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs (Jeff Skoll).
Sloan Foundation 
Major support for research, history, and education in science and technology, and the impact of technology on society.
Templeton Foundation
Support for debate and empiricism at the boundary between theology and science.
Time Warner Foundation
Improving youth literacy for school, work, and community. 
Turner Foundation
Improving water, toxin remediation, energy, transportation, population, and habitat.
Waitt Family Foundation
Creating better futures for communities, bridging the digital divide.
Wallace Foundation
Improving education leadership, arts participation and out-of-school learning.
W.M. Keck Foundation
Supporting medical research, science, engineering, and higher education.

Pacific Pioneer Fund
Awards to emerging documentary filmmakers in nonprofit organizations.
Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants
Funding socially valuable unique small film productions. L.A. and N.Y.

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