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Funder Tool Kits: Private Foundations


This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights Private Foundations. It includes priorities, funding opportunities, proposal guidance, and additional resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.



Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest – posts requests for proposals (RFPs) submitted by grant makers.

Foundation Directory Online – provides the ability to search for grant makers nationwide. For free access, sign up and go to Quick Start".  For subscription access, please contact the Private Foundation POC at UCF .

Guidestar – provides the ability to search for foundations using keywords.

Health Grants Information Center – listing of 100 largest U.S. grant making foundations.

Pivot – provides the ability to search for only private foundation grants using keywords and other filters.


Contacting private foundations is different from contacting federal and state sponsors.  Some foundations prefer that individuals do not contact them directly, but prefer the contact is made through the institution's Development Office (UCF Foundation) and Sponsored Programs office.  Please contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi at the Office of Research & Commercialization to coordinate reaching out to a Foundation.

Instructions for W.M. Keck Foundation:

This is a  Limited Submission program and all submissions to the internal competition MUST be coordinated through the Limited Submission Research Coordinator (

Initial contact from a university must be coordinated through the institution's central research office via the designated official institutional liaison. UCF’s designated liason for the Keck Foundation is Mr. Pallavoor Vaidyanathan at the Office of Research & Commercialization and ONLY THIS INDIVIDUAL may contact the Keck Foundation.

DO NOT CONTACT the Keck Foundation directly at any time-  either to ask questions if you are planning on submitting a proposal or as the designated  principal investigator that has been selected to submit a proposal to the Foundation on behalf of UCF!!! 

A Principal Investigator who has been given permission by the Office of Research & Commercialization as UCF's nominee to submit a proposal to the Keck Foundation may contact the Foundation staff during the pre-application counseling period, which takes place between January 1 and February 15 leading up to a May 1 Phase I submission or between July 1 and August 15 leading up to a November 1 Phase I submission. Designated applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas for grants to the Foundation in the form a single-page concept paper during the pre-application counseling period. However, please do not submit the concept paper directly to Keck Foundation! Please contact UCF's institutional liaison, Mr. Vaidyanathan, to coordinate submission of your concept paper and scheduling of a conference call.  Only one conference call will be scheduled for each institution to discuss all concepts.

Instructions for Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:

This is a  Limited Submission program and all submissions to the internal competition MUST be coordinated through the Limited Submission Research Coordinator ( and the designated institutional contact person. The UCF contact person for the Moore Foundation is the ORC’s Assistant Director, Pre-Award, Steven Koogler. As UCF’s designated contact person, Mr. Koogler is approved by and authorized by the Moore Foundation to receive correspondence from the Foundation and Mr. Koogler is the ONLY university personnel who can submit UCF’s nominees for this program.  Please DO NOT CONTACT the Moore Foundation directly at any time.


Free webinar  on:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

Proposal writing insights

A Foundation CEO's six-step formula for winning a grant

Red flags for reviewers – Grant makers share their insights and advice on proposals.

What makes a proposal stand out?


This page is a searchable collection of proposals that were funded. Please contact the Private Foundations POC at UCF for copy of document/s you want to view.


Free webinar on:

  • The basic components of a project budget including income and expenses
  • How to estimate the realistic cost of a project
  • What other financial documents you may also need to submit with your proposal

Nonprofit budgets


This page includes three sample budgets. 



The term 501(c)(3) refers to tax-exempt, charitable organizations that have been recognized and approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Charitable organizations typically have purposes that fall into categories benefiting the public good.

Types of nonprofits

The Internal Revenue Service recognizes a variety of nonprofit organizations, not just 501(c)(3) groups. Examples include private foundations, social clubs, veteran’s organizations, and business leagues.


Charity is a broad term many use when referring to nonprofit organizations. However, not all nonprofits are charities. A charity holds legal 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS.

Private foundations

By definition, all organizations that qualify for 501(c)(3) recognition are considered private foundations until they meet the IRS’ public charity public support requirements. Private foundations are nonprofit organizations funded by a single source, such as a family donor, who conduct a range of charitable, religious or educational activities.


Nonprofit and not-for-profit are terms often used interchangeably, but not-for-profit should typically only be used when referring to an activity, such as a recreation or sport. The term nonprofit denotes an organization focused on larger social or public issues.



Private Foundations POC at UCF

This point of contact is very familiar with Private Foundation opportunities and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi
Research Development Coordinator
Office of Research & Commercialization
(407) 882-1141

Additionally, information on ORC points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at 

Support from UCF Librarians

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    General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The ORC Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

    Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

    Find Potential Collaborators

    Find potential collaborators via the PIVOT Database - Run a search or View tutorials

    Find scholarship resulting from Foundation Awards with the Web of Knowledge View tutorial  or Search now

    The ORC Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF.  Visit our website for more information.