National Corporations, Foundations, and Nonprofit Organizations

National corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations are potential funding and leveraging resources. When Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) programs are searching for national foundation money, it is important to learn a foundation’s current funding priorities. Foundations may change their priorities from year-to-year, so it is best to request annual reports or visit the foundation’s website.

Ford Foundation supports activities that are within its current interests and are likely to have wide effect.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Its founder, W.K. Kellogg, the cereal industry pioneer, established the Foundation in 1930.

Goodwill Industries is a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serve people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support.

United Way invests in and activates resources to make the greatest possible impact in communities across the United States. The United Way system includes approximately 1,400 community-based United Way organizations throughout the country. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. Community partners often include schools, government policy makers, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, neighborhood associations, community development corporations, and the faith-based communities. Focus areas are identified at the local level and vary from community to community. Common focus areas include helping children and youth succeed, promoting self-sufficiency, building vital and safe neighborhoods, and supporting vulnerable and aging populations.

Abell Foundation allocates grants to organizations that reach out to the disadvantaged in the Baltimore community and the region. In the past two decades, the Foundation has sharpened its focus to address complex challenges to break through the cycles of urban poverty.

Chesapeake Bay Trust is a private, nonprofit grant-making organization created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1985 to promote public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its Maryland tributaries.

Private Philanthropy has become a popular way to support community projects. Websites such as GoFundMe provide organizations and individuals a mechanism for funding programs and projects of their choosing. GoFundMe was launched in 2010, raising over $2 billion last year. Several EWDJT programs have registered at the site.

Family foundations should not be overlooked. Locally, many non-governmental organizations, trusts, charities, and foundations provide resources to community organizations. GuideStar, for example, lists over 20,000 nonprofit organizations and charities associated with environmental conservation and education.