Foundations & Concept Papers

Finding foundations and Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

NB; This is related to but distinct from Corporate Social Responsibility, which “aims to ensure that companies conduct their business in a way that is ethical. This means taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact, and consideration of human rights.” And yes, even the CSR world has lists, like “Top CSR trends for 2018″)

If you have questions or are looking for a connection with the organization…

Why not look for a staff member or member of the Board with who, you have a connection?


Concept Papers


TCD Related Corporate Foundations

Ford Foundation

  • Average gift size: $4M endowment to establish
  • Interest and linkage to TCD: Working with visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide
    Contact information:
  • Way to contact: you may submit a grant inquiry using the online form

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • Average gift size: gifts up to $300M
  • Interest and linkage to TCD: environmental conservation, science
    Contact information:
  • Way to contact:email

MacArthur Foundation

  • Average gift size: $426.000
  • Interest and linkage to TCD: long term strategic investment through endowments, no scholarships or assistance for studies
    Contact information:
  • Way to contact: many areas do not accept unsolicited proposals, need to read grantmaking guidelines


  • Average gift size: depends on programs and partnerships,
  • Interest and linkage to TCD: international development, improving health, reducing hunger, sustainability and economic growth
    Contact information:
  • Way to contact:

3M Foundation

  • Average gift size: 60 million given last year
  • Interest: Fund US programs in higher education and the environment. Interested in proposals that “Protect the Earth’s ecosystems through biodiversity and climate change programs; Promote science-based environmental and conservation education.”
  • Linkage to TCD:They have one Florida office in West Palm but it is not listed in the “areas we give” on their website.
    Contact information: Plant Manager at 1500 N. Florida Mango, Rd. Ste. 1, West Palm Beach, FL 33409-5262.
  • Way to contact: Within US: Send a letter of inquiry to the local facility addressed to “3M Plant Manager.” Possible to partner with 3M in another country- Brazil (, or Mexico (

Publix Super Market Charities

  • Average gift size: Gave 30 million last year (highest gift 2.1 million). Gave $153,000 to University of Miami in 2012.
  • Interest: Focus giving on “youth, education – specifically literacy, and the plight of the homeless and hungry.” They have given to Food for All which works internationally as well as domestically.
  • Linkage to TCD: Stores in central Florida
    Contact information: Attn: Media and Community Relations, P.O. Box 2226-F, Jacksonville, FL 32231-0084, Office: (904) 693-6105, Fax: (863) 616-5801
  • Way to contact: Send letter of request.

Mill Park Foundation

  • Average gift size: Total giving 15 million in 2012. Made endowment to Standford University for 2 million.
  • Interest: Interest on listed as health care, higher education, human services. Cannot find website for this organization and the 990 has limited information.
  • Linkage to TCD: Located in Florida. Gives to universities and interested in human health.
    Contact information: 9045 Strada Stell Ct., Ste. 500, Naples, FL United States 34109-4344
  • Way to contact: No information

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

  • Average gift size: Gave 80 million in 2012. $357,000 to UNC Water Institute in 2014.
  • Interest: Given to Indian and South Africa, expanding international investments. Goal to improve the lives of impoverished urban children through healthcare and education. Have given large grants to Universities recently.
  • Linkage to TCD:
    Contact information:
  • Way to contact: Can make online request for a grant at which lists how to prepare.

Oak Foundation

  • Average gift size: Gave $50 million in 2012
  • Interest: Global programs in environment, international human rights, and issues affecting women.
  • Linkage to TCD: Have previously funded University programs.
    Contact information: Ask not to directly contact offices, go through website listed below.
  • Way to contact: Accept letter of inquiry. Guidelines posted at

Wrigley Company Foundation

  • Average gift size: $2M for the environment
  • Interest: Fund projects in 24 countries for health and youth education. Interested in greening projects and community based work.
  • Linkage to TCD: conservation, sustainability, community education
    Contact information: online contact form
  • Way to contact: Do not accept unsolicited grant requests. All U.S. sponsorship and product placement proposals must be submitted through Versaic, an online system that they use to objectively evaluate each request we receive.

Lemann Foundation

  • Average gift size: 150 scholarships to Brazilian students
  • Interest: Investing in innovation to promote large scale change, Designing and implementing programs that will enhance the management of education and teacher efficacy, Carrying out and funding educational research and spreading the results:, Investing in talent engaged with transforming Brazil
  • Linkage to TCD: Brazil, high impact education
    Contact information:
  • Way to

International Tropical Timber Organization

  • Average gift size: The maximum amount for a fellowship grant is US$10,000.
  • Interest: promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines. The goal is to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber.
  • Linkage to TCD: nationals of developing member countries, forestry, sustainability, tropicsContact information: International Tropical Timber Organization
  • International Organizations Center, 5th Floor, Pacifico-Yokohama 1-1-1, Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, 220-0012 Japan,
  • Way to contact:Funding for individuals, not institutions.

The Heinz Endowments

  • Average gift size: ~$250.000.000
  • Interest: These Awards recognize “outstanding achievement” in the areas of: Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
  • Linkage to TCD: nationals of developing member countries, forestry, sustainability
  • Way to contact:Funding for individuals, not institutions.

Tinker Foundation

  • Average gift size: varies by program, $45,000-$120,000
  • Interest and Linkage to TCD: supports not-for-profit organizations and universities in the U.S., Latin America, and abroad whose work is in line with our mission to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and to enhance understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and how U.S. policies impact the region.
    Contact information: 55 E. 59th Street New York, NY 10022 || (212) 421-6858 ||
  • Way to contact: Proposals for Institutional Grants due March 1 & September 15

Goldman Sachs

  • Average gift size:
  • Interests: has supported diverse educational organizations in low-income communities, a range of after-school programs, need-based scholarships in secondary and higher education, as well as educational and cultural programming for students around the world.
  • Linkage to TCD
  • Contact information:
  • 200 South Biscayne Blvd.
  • Suite 3700
  • Miami, FL 33131
  • (305) 755 1000
  • Way to contact:


  • Average gift size:
  • Interest: housing and community facilities programs, educational programs, funds the construction/maintenance of schools, grants scholarships, trains faculty, donates books and provides other education-related materials.
  • Linkage to TCD:
    Contact information: Sylvain Cuperlier, Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Dole Food Company, Inc.
  • Way to contact:



  • Average gift size: 50M over 5 years
  • Interest: climate change, fresh water, biodiversity
  • Linkage to TCD: similar mission, Colombia, various countries in Africa
    Contact information: Chevron Headquarters, 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583, USA
  • Telephone: +1 925.842.1000
  • Way to contact: Proposals for Institutional Grants due March 1 & September 15


Others with potential TCD Connections

  1. ADM Capital Foundation
  2. All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd
  3. Alstom Corporate Foundation
  4. Anheuser-Busch
  5. Aveda
  6. Barrick Gold
  7. Bella Figura Letterpress
  8. BG Group plc
  9. BP Foundation
  10. Brunton Inc
  11. Bursa Malaysia
  12. Caesars Entertainment
  13. Cathay Pacific
  14. Celebrity Cruises
  15. Celestial Seasonings
  16. Christie’s International
  17. Citi Foundation
  18. Coach, Inc.
  19. Compendium, Inc.
  20. Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.
  21. Darden Restaurants
  22. De Beers Group
  23. Dentsu
  24. DreamWorks Animation
  25. DuPont
  26. eBay Inc.
  27. Entercom Communications Corp.
  28. ePals
  29. FedEx
  30. Ford Motor Company
  31. Franklin Mint
  32. Hanesbrands Inc.
  33. Harney & Sons Tea Corp
  34. Hyatt
  35. Innovation Asset Group
  36. Intel
  37. International Paper
  38. Kango
  39. Matter Group
  40. MeadWestvaco
  41. Medco Energi
  42. Merriman’s Hawaii
  43. Mitsubishi Corporation
  44. Native Energy
  45. NAVTEQ
  46. Oracle
  47. Organic Bouquet
  48. PepsiCo
  49. Peter Gillham’s Natural Vitality
  50. Punta Cana Resort and Club
  51. Royal Caribbean
  52. Save Your World
  53. SC Johnson
  54. SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
  55. Seeds of Change
  56. Stonyfield Farm
  57. Sustainable Forest Management
  58. Talkie
  59. Total Foundation
  60. United Technologies Corporation
  61. VIVA
  62. Volkswagen
  63. Weleda


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