Researching Grant Opportunities

Below is a short list of foundations that support endeavors that may be relevant for Rider University faculty and administration.  There are thousands of foundations, thus, this list is just a sampling. Please refer to Grant Opportunities (insert link) to review current Requests for Proposals (RFPs), upcoming deadlines, and other program announcements. 

Before reaching out to any foundations or corporations, please contact Denise Pinney, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at 609-896-5019 / to determine whether Rider University has an existing relationship with the organization or if other Rider or Westminster proposals are currently pending.  Denise is glad to work with you to assess your project’s goals and objectives and to identify mission alignment with the appropriate funding organization.

[*] An asterisk indicates Rider has a history of receiving support for a specific project, thus new or additional proposals are not likely at this time. 

Alcatel Lucent Foundation | Website

"The Alcatel Lucent Foundation is dedicated to making a difference in communities where Alcatel-Lucent and its customers are present across the globe. Alcatel Lucent Foundation focuses on innovative programs for underprivileged youth, special focus on young women, underprivileged youth with life skills training and digital inclusion to help in education and life skills."

MCJ Amelior Foundation Website

“The MCJ Amelior Foundation supports organizations that are committed to help those less fortunate by promoting harmony and understanding, furthering education and workplace skills, and improving the overall quality of life. More specifically, the foundation assists those entities that encourage mentoring relationships, are creating unique entrepreneurial opportunities and promoting national and local participation in voluntary community programs and services.”

American Express Foundation Website 

"At American Express, we believe that serving our communities is not only integral to running a business successfully, it is part of our individual responsibilities as citizens of the world. American Express supports visionary nonprofit organizations that are preserving and sustaining unique historic places for the future, developing new leaders for tomorrow and encouraging community service where our employees and customers live and work.”

C R Bard Foundation  Website

“The mission at C. R. Bard, Inc. is to advance the delivery of health care by developing, manufacturing, and supplying products and services in the areas of Urology, Oncology, Vascular, and Surgical medicine. Bard’s Local Community Commitment program seeks to improve the quality of life in the areas of Education, Health Care, Social Welfare and Arts and Culture.” 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation * Website  

“The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to help reduce health disparities by strengthening community-based health care worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease.”

The Annie E. Casey Foundation  Website  

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. In general, the grant making of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is limited to initiatives in the United States that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery, and community supports for disadvantaged children and families. Most grantees have been invited by the Foundation to participate in these projects.” 

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation  Website

“The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation supports leadership, innovation and collaboration for a better New Jersey. The Foundation funds Arts, Education, Environment and Media to better New Jersey.”

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  Website

“The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supports four national grant-making programs: the Arts Program, Child Abuse Prevention Program, Environment Program and Medical Research Program. It also supports the African Health Initiative as well as the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.” 

Ford Foundation  Website

“The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organization on the frontlines of social change worldwide. The Ford Foundation focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.” 

FINRA Foundation  Website

“The FINRA Investor Education Foundation funds research and education projects that provide underserved Americans with knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  Website

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on the areas of greatest need, on ways in which they can do the most good. From poverty to health, to education, their areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people.”

Janssen Pharmaceuticals*  PDF Document

“From our headquarters, located in Titusville and Raritan, NJ, we administer a direct giving program that supports 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in our local region (Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania) in the following areas: Arts & culture, Education, Environment, Healthcare access and disease prevention, Interventions for youth-at-risk, and Provision of basic needs to the underserved.”

Johnson & Johnson*  Website

“Johnson & Johnson Foundation supports community-based programs that improve health and well-being. Johnson & Johnson focuses on saving and improving lives, building health care capacity and preventing disease.”

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  Website

“The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri and aims to focus on entrepreneurship and education in the local community. The Foundation develops and supports numerous efforts that provide entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills and networks they need to start and grow businesses.”

Martinson Family Foundation*

The Martinson Family Foundation supports universities and colleges that establish collaborative and innovative projects focused on science and technology education.”

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  Website

“Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.”

KPMG Foundation Website

“SIFE is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide college and university students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise.” 

Lumina Foundation  Website

“The Lumina Foundation strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well-served by higher education. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system.”

John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Website

“The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The Foundation also works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.” 

Merck Foundation Website

“The Merck Foundation aims to support organizations and innovative programs that are aligned with their three priority areas: health, education and community.”

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Website

“The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation supports efforts that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. The Foundation has programs to support civil society, environment, pathways out of poverty and exploratory and special projects.” 

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation* Website

“The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation supports students as they pursue degrees in higher education by maintaining scholarship and fellowship programs.”

PNC Foundation* Website

“PNC Foundation grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that focus on education programs, particularly early education initiatives serving low-and moderate-income children, economic development and arts and culture.” 

The Presser Foundation* Website

“The Presser Foundation’s four primary areas of interest include providing awards to promising undergraduate and graduate students of music through grants to credited institutions in the United States, enhance music education and performance by the acquisition of musical equipment and instruments, advance the study and appreciation of music and provide financial relief to worthy teachers of music in distress.”

Princeton Area Community Foundation Website

“The Foundation funds organizations that address the needs of low-income individuals and families and build the region’s social capital in Mercer County. They also aim to address the unique needs of women and girls.”

Prudential Foundation Website

“The Prudential Foundation focuses in the areas of Economic Development, Education, and Arts & Culture. To make a difference in the economy Prudential invests in quality education for our young people, creating strong local economies and vibrant arts communities.”
Public Service Electric Gas Company Foundation Website

“The PSEG Foundation invests in programs that support education, the environment and community and economic development.”

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Website

“As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health, [the RWJF] has a unique capability and responsibility to confront the most pressing health and health care problems threatening our society. [RWJF] efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care—how it's delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families.”

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Website

“The Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, mathematics, engineering and economic performance.”

Soros Foundation Website

“The Soros Foundation aims to improve lives and foster change in marginalized countries. The main issues they combat are education and youth, governance and accountability, health, rights and justice, media and information.”

John Templeton Foundation Website

“The John Templeton Foundation primarily funds research in science and the Big Questions and is divided into several subfields including mathematics, physical science, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy, theology and science in dialogue.”

Verizon Foundation Website

“The Verizon Foundation is focused on using technology to solve critical social issues in education, healthcare and energy management. They focus on the needs of communities around the world.”

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Website

“The Weinberg Foundation’s sole purpose is to assist financially disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and families through grants to direct service organizations. The end goal is to help these individuals and families overcome obstacles and achieve greater self-sufficiency.”

Wells Fargo Website

“Wells Fargo focuses on the areas that are most important to our nation’s vitality and success: community development, environment, civic services, arts and cultures, education and human services.”