Guidelines for Foundations and Grants
The Navigators Foundations and Grant Guidelines
Before approaching a foundation, check with the Foundations and Grants office to see if a relationship has already been established with the foundation, and if a grant has already been submitted for the foundation’s current funding cycle.
Further research can be performed by the Foundations and Grants office to determine the foundation’s giving history to The Navigators, interests, and Navigator donor relationships between the foundation Board and Trustees, if any.
Once a foundation is clear to pursue, a foundation summary can be requested through the Foundations and Grants office which will list the foundation’s funding priorities, Board and Trustee members and proposal deadlines. The foundation may also have its own website through which additional information can be obtained.
A foundation’s 990 contains useful information about the foundation, and usually includes a list of grants awarded by the foundation for the year specified. 990s can be found on The Foundation Center website at http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/
The Navigators' audited Financial Statements can be requested through the Foundations and Grants office or through Corporate Accounting.
The Navigators' 501(c)3 classification letter usually required to accompany a grant proposal can be requested through the Foundations and Grants office.
The Foundation Center website is the best site to peruse to find a wealth of information on foundations, grants, and philanthropy, in general. The link to this site is http://foundationcenter.org/