Foundation Relations E-News

A Quarterly Newsletter of the Office of Foundation Relations

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Winter 2009

From the Director

The 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 nonprofit organizations.

For 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.

Here 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 representatives.

This issue of the Foundation Relations E-News also contains tips and information about upcoming events that we hope will be of interest. Please let us know if there are other topics you’d like to see covered in future issues.

Lori Williamson

Foundation News

Featured Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Within 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 website.

Feldstein Medical Foundation
Neglected Areas of Medical Research  (Deadline: February 15, 2009)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
--Prevention of Childhood Obesity
(Deadline: February 24, 2009)
--Healthy Eating Competition
(Deadline: February 24, 2009)
Designing for Better Health (Deadline: April 1, 2009)
Health Games Research (Deadline: April 8, 2009)
Active Living Research (Deadline: April 28, 2009)

Grant Highlights

A sampling of recent grants received by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from private foundations. 

University of Illinois Press Awarded a Collaborative Grant from Mellon Foundation for Folklore Project

College Of Media Receives Grant from The Marajen Stevick Foundation for Media Access Project

Two University Library Archivists Receive Andrew W. Mellon Technology Award

Gates Foundation Awards $100K Grant to Animal Sciences

Visit our website for more grant highlights!

Upcoming Events

Working with Private Foundations – Session Two

Proposal Writing for Private Foundations
March 31, 2009 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Monsanto Room
Isaac Funk Family Library (ACES Library)
1101 South Goodwin, Urbana, IL

Join us as we share knowledge on how to prepare letters of inquiry and proposals, construct budgets, and avoid common grant-seeking pitfalls.

Seating is limited. Register now!

Who should attend:  
development officers, faculty, graduate students

For 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 Highlights document is free and contains a wealth of information of interest to grantseekers. For additional information about trends, visit the Foundation Center’s website.

To stay up on news regarding foundations, explore our website for recent stories and to learn about subscription news services that will keep you informed.


For Your Information

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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