From the Director
new year is only a month old, but it is already clear that 2009 will be a
year of change and uncertainty. The nation’s economy continues to
deteriorate, and in the coming months, we will see whether and how much it
will recover and what impact the recession will have on both for-profit and
those of us in philanthropy, the big question is how donors will respond to
the economic crisis. Private foundations are experiencing almost
unprecedented declines in the value of their endowments, which is already
having an impact on their ability to give.
in the Office of Foundation Relations,
we are keeping an eye on how various foundations are responding. It is
interesting to see that, while some foundations need to retrench and reduce
the number of grants they will award in the coming year, others plan to
maintain or even increase their giving because the needs of their grantees
are so great at this difficult time. If you’re interested in learning more
about the impact the financial crisis is having on foundation giving, please
visit our web site, where we’ve collected some responses from foundation
issue of the Foundation Relations
E-News also contains tips and information about upcoming events that we
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation
the last six months, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has modified its funding
focus to more readily address children living in poverty. Over the years, the
Kellogg Foundation’s programming has strived to remain innovative and
responsive to the ever-changing needs of society. Today, the organization
ranks among the world’s largest private foundations. Grants are awarded in the United States, Latin America and the
Caribbean, and southern Africa. To learn more about this foundation,
including funding programs and calls for proposals, please visit our site.
Calls for Proposals
For direct links to the foundations’ calls for proposals
shown below, visit our
--Neglected Areas of Medical Research (Deadline: February 15, 2009)
Robert Wood Johnson
--Prevention of Childhood Obesity (Deadline:
February 24, 2009)
--Healthy Eating Competition (Deadline:
February 24, 2009)
--Designing for Better Health (Deadline: April 1, 2009)
Games Research (Deadline: April 8, 2009)
--Active Living Research (Deadline: April 28, 2009)
A sampling of recent grants received by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from
University of Illinois Press
Awarded a Collaborative Grant from Mellon Foundation for Folklore Project
Of Media Receives Grant from The Marajen Stevick Foundation for Media Access Project
Library Archivists Receive Andrew W. Mellon Technology Award
Awards $100K Grant to Animal Sciences
Visit our website for more grant highlights!
Working with Private Foundations – Session Two
Proposal Writing for Private
March 31, 2009 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Isaac Funk Family
Library (ACES Library)
1101 South Goodwin, Urbana,
Join us as we share
knowledge on how to prepare letters of inquiry and proposals, construct budgets,
and avoid common grant-seeking pitfalls.
is limited. Register
development officers, faculty, graduate students
our full listing of workshops, visit our site.
In the News
Foundation Giving Trends Report Now Available
The Foundation Center, long recognized as a resource
leader in the foundation philanthropy sector, has released a new report
detailing trends in foundation giving.
Readers will discover a broad range of information including which
subject areas had the greatest growth, what types of grants are awarded most
frequently as well as a reference to how foundations fare during tough
economic times. The full report is available for a fee; however, the four-page
document is free and contains a wealth of information of interest to grantseekers. For additional information about trends,
visit the Foundation
stay up on news regarding foundations, explore our website for recent
stories and to learn about subscription news services that will keep you
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Learn from Your Peers!
Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
hosts a listserv specifically designed for corporate and foundation relation
officers. CFRnet is a free, on-line discussion group
focused on building partnerships between educational institutions and
corporations and foundations. More than 1,000 corporate and foundation
relations officers subscribe to CFRnet. Program
officers and other staff of private foundations and corporate giving programs
are also among its subscribers.
To learn more tips on how to make
foundation grant-seeking easier, visit our Quick Tips page at our website.
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