Foundations, Trusts, and More

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is a searchable database of 100,000+ foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities. Liberty University has an institutional license for FDO that can be used by Liberty University faculty, staff, and students with a valid LU email address.  You can access the FDO through the Jerry Falwell Library by entering Foundation Directory Online in the JFL search bar.

Using the The Foundation Directory Online (FDO), you can search for funding opportunities using numerous searchable fields including giving guidelines and stated areas of interest. You will have access to:

  • In-depth grantmaker profiles of 100,000+ foundations, grantmaking public charities, and companies
  • Grant database of over 3 million recent grants
  • Power Search — 54 search fields including keyword search
  • Visualization Tools — map and chart 10 years of grant information

For Foundation Directory Online questions or assistance, contact

Foundations, Trusts, & More

The LU Office of Sponsored Programs regularly shares funding opportunities from foundations, trusts, and other not-for-profit organizations with Liberty University faculty. These regional and national opportunities often have specific requirements unique to their organizations. For more information on specific funding opportunities contact

Selected Foundation Funding Sources

The LU Office of Sponsored Programs regularly updates the below list of Foundations:

  • George J & Effie L Seay Foundation: funding for arts, culture, humanities, education, and human services. They make grants primarily for programs and projects designed to provide specific services or training
  • Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation: the needs served are broad in scope and include human services, education, health, the arts and the humanities; must be secular in nature and involve the community 
  • Henry Luce Foundation: supports projects that address the prevailing needs of the American art field and are crucial to its development. Successful projects include permanent collection reinstallations, digitization, and archives of American art material
  • Richard & Caroline T Gwathmey Memorial Trust: interested in the history, literature, art, and architecture of Virginia. Preference will be given to specific, well-defined project requests for which the results can be evaluated
  • Shelton Hardaway Short Jr Trust: program areas are arts, culture, humanities, education, environment, animals, health, human services, public/society benefit, and religion
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: funds public humanities programs in Virginia that are shaped by and significantly involve humanities scholars and/or other community experts. The grant program encourages projects that increase public understanding of important issues and enrich the cultural life of the state
  • Maclellan Foundation: promotes fresh, innovative approaches to education that are inspired by Scripture and go beyond the traditional approach to integrate technology and scalability with education
  • Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan Jr Trust: was established to support and promote quality educational and human services programming in Virginia
  • Josiah Macy Jr Foundation: funds the following 5 types of projects: interprofessional education and teamwork, new curriculum content, new models for clinical education, career development in health professions education, and education for the care of underserved populations
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health
  • Alfred P Sloan Foundation: provides funding for many science related projects and research including science learning of STEM, data and computational research, scholarly communication, and universal access to knowledge
  • G Unger Vetlesen Foundation: supports projects in the Earth sciences
  • John Templeton Foundation: provides funding for the natural sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, public engagement in the sciences, and character virtue development
  • National Geographic: supports projects that study the human journey, wildlife and wild places, as well as our changing plane

  • Charles Koch Foundation: gives in the areas of foundations of well-being, corporate welfare reform, toleration and free speech, foreign policy, criminal justice and policing reform, technology and innovation, and economic freedom

  • William E Dean III Charitable Foundation: the foundation was created exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes
  • William T Grant Foundation: funds research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth

 Foundation Funding Sources

  • Independent Foundations: Endowed by individuals or families; tend to have broad goals
  • Community Foundations: Offer funds to support a particular region or community to support community interests
  • Public Foundations and Charities: Raise funds from the public and distribute these funds based on stated research goals
  • Corporate Foundations: Company-sponsored; they make grants available based on funds received annually by the company.
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