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Fundraising for Health:
A Resource List

Studies suggest that grants for health-related purposes command a significant share of foundation giving. The following resource list may be helpful for nonprofit organizations and individuals looking for private and government funding. It contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's bibliographic database Catalog of Nonprofit Literature as well as links to useful Web resources. For complete bibliographies on these topics, search Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, using the following health-related headings in the subject field:

Aging, AIDS, Gerontology, Health, Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Medicine, Mental health, Nursing, Public health, or Substance abuse.

Categories or citations useful for individual grantseekers are marked with an asterisk *

General Resources

Foundation Directory Online
Search the Foundation Center's comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and grants for funders that have an interest in the health field. The tool as available by subscription and is also accessible at the Foundation Center's Cooperating Collections.

Philanthropy News Digest Request for Proposals (RFP) Bulletin
Browse the latest health-related requests for proposals from grantmakers.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
The organization provides resources geared toward fundraising professionals in the health care field. Web site contains conference information, guides, and articles.

Grantmakers In Health (GIH)
While GIH's mission is to support foundations and corporate giving programs, grantseekers can browse reports and bulletins to keep abreast of health funding trends.

The award-winning site contains listings of federal and state benefit programs for individuals, including programs from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal government's portal for grant opportunities for state and local governments, nonprofits and academia can be browsed by subject, including health.

Healthcare Report: Best Practices for Prospect Rresearch in Healthcare Fundraising. Washington, DC: WealthEngine, [2010]. 54 p.
Focuses on the health care industry and strategic decisions pertaining to the mining of donor/patient data for development efforts. Outlines nine best practices, details health care case studies and includes a number of sample worksheets and planning documents.


Grant Writing. Washington, DC: National Minority AIDS Council, [2003]. 86 p. (Organizational Effectiveness Series).
For nonprofit organizations, starting or expanding a program is likely to involve submitting a grant proposal to a potential funder as part of a competitive process. This manual presents the fundamentals of preparing a successful grant proposal for securing funds from both public and private sources. This information is for individuals with varying levels of experience in grant writing, with an emphasis on government grant application requirements.

Eveland, Vicki Blakney and Tammy Neal Crutchfield. "Understanding Why People Do Not Give: Strategic Funding Concerns for AIDS-Related Nonprofits." International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, vol. 12 (February 2007): p. 1-12.
The social stigma that continues to be associated with HIV/AIDS may have a negative effect on donations to organizations serving people with the disease. A survey was conducted to examine the impact of gender, homosexuality, promiscuity, and drug use on empathy and altruism. The authors explain how to use the survey findings to increase charity support and improve fundraising efforts.

U.S. Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2009. Brooklyn, NY: Funders Concerned About AIDS, 2010. 56 p.
Based on data collected from funders and supplemented by additional sources, this report provides data on grantmaking for HIV/AIDS in 2009. Features comparative data from prior years and addresses the changes in HIV/AIDS grantmaking between 2005 and 2009. Click here for full text.

Internet Resources

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA)
FCAA promotes philanthropy to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic domestically and abroad. Its reports on AIDS grantmaking can be downloaded free of charge.

Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Services
Funding for care and services for medically underserved people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
NMAC is a national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS. You can download NMAC's "Organization Effectiveness Series," which covers subjects such as grantwriting and fiscal management.


Foundation Center. Grants for the Aging. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 3,000 grants of $10,000 or more made for programs benefiting the aging, including advocacy and legal rights, education, health and medical care, community services, employment, housing, arts, recreation, volunteer services, and social services.

Farquhar, Carol A. "Why Invest in Aging Demographics? An Extraordinary Opportunity for Corporate Philanthropy." Corporate Philanthropist, vol. 8 (Winter 2008): p. 4.
The executive director of Grantmakers in Aging discusses why companies should address the needs of an aging population both at the workplace and in the broader community. A sidebar provides tips on starting programs for the aging. (Click here for full text)

Miller, Lorne S. Fundraising for the Elderly: A Development Primer for Homes for the Aged, Long-Term Care Facilities, and Seniors' Centres. Toronto, Canada: Lorne Miller & Associates Inc, 2003. 153 p. Call Number: 142 MIL
Covers the full range of development tasks from creating a case statement, researching the donor base, recruiting volunteers, donor recognition, strategic planning, special events, and planned giving. Includes worksheets. Indexed.

Internet Resources

*Administration on Aging: Aging Network Resource Page
The Web site of the National Aging Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It includes information designed for older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons. Contains an area on grant opportunities.

Grantmakers in Aging
The Web Site of the national organization committed to promoting and strengthening grantmaking for an aging society.

* Medical Education

Schlachter, Gail Ann and R. David Weber. Money for Graduate Students in the Health Sciences. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, biennial. Call Number: 218 SCH HEA
Directory of grants, awards, fellowships, and traineeships for graduate training, study, and research in the health sciences. Indexed by subject, sponsor, location, and deadline.

Schlachter, Gail Ann and R. David Weber. How to Pay for Your Degree in Nursing. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, biennial. Call Number: 231 SCH
A list of scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards, loans, traineeships, and other funding programs in support of study, training, research, and creative activities for nursing students and nurses.

Internet Resources

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
The Foundation Center's online database contains more than 6,000 listings of grants to individuals. Available as a monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription. Search this database for support for medical or nursing school.

Association of American Medical Colleges
The organization aims to improve the nation's health by advancing the quality of education in medicals schools and teaching hospitals. Its Web site includes tips on financing one's education.

Finaid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Links to funding sources such as scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Use the Web site's search tool to locate tips on financing medical school.

Michigan State University Library - Grants for Individuals
A listing of resources on funding opportunities including Web sites, databases, books, and announcements. Browse the subject listing for "Medicine" and "Nursing."

Medical Research

Foundation Center. Grants for Medical Research. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 3,100 grants from nearly 600 foundations for medical research.

Directory of Biomedical and Health Care Grants. West Lafayette, IN: GrantSelect, Schoolhouse Partners.
Contains descriptions of more than 3,000 health-related funding programs.

Gerin, William and Christine H. Kapelewski. Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Guide. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 2011. CAll Number: 770 GER
A detailed manual that demystifies the process of submitting a proposal to the National Institutes of Health. New edition covers the updated grant format, SF-424 forms that allow applicants to submit applications electronically, and success rates for each institute broken down by grant mechanisms.

Gitlin, Laura N. and Kevin J. Lyons. Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 2008. xxii, 401 p. Call Number: 770 GIT
Covers numerous aspects of proposal development and grantsmanship including identifying competitive projects, composing a budget, and grants management for both public and private agencies.

Hackshaw, Allan K. How to Write a Grant Application. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. 2011. xv, 126 p. Call Number: 770 HAC
This book is intended for healthcare professionals seeking a health services or scientific grant for a range of project types (observational studies, clinical trials, laboratory experiments, and systematic reviews). Explains how to present justifications, describe the study design, and estimate costs. Also covers the funding body review process and how it shapes the application.

Reif-Lehrer, Liane. Grant Application Writer's Handbook. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005. xx, 362 p. Call Number: 770 REI
Explains the process of grantseeking from government funders, particularly the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Chapters cover getting started; the review process; parts of the grant application; planning and writing the research plan; submitting and tracking the grant application; and summary statements, rebuttals, and revisions. Extensive appendices contain information on and examples of National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation awards, sample outline for the research plan, general checklist, sample budget justifications, sample summary statements, advice on applying for foundation grants, and strategies for successful written and oral presentations.

Internet Resources

Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, GrantsNet is an online searchable database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education that is specifically geared towards scientists-in-training.

The National Institutes of Health
The government organization conducts research in all health fields at its laboratories in Maryland, but also provides funding for universities and other research groups.

Mental Health and Disabilities

Foundation Center. Grants for Mental Health, Addictions and Crisis Services. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more then 6,300 grants made by approximately 880 foundations for psychiatric hospitals; mental health centers and clinics; hotline/crisis intervention services; alcohol, drug and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs; mental health counseling and support groups; family, pastoral, and bereavement counseling; addictive disorders; Alzheimer's disease; developmentally and learning disabled; and special education and research.

Foundation Center. Grants for People With Disabilities. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 8,200 grants more made by approximately 940 foundations for Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, autism, blindness, cerebral palsy, deafness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, prevention information, diagnosis and evaluation, education, family counseling, general care, hospitals, medical and dental care, primary care facilities, rehabilitation, vocational training, schools, and scholarships.

* Schlachter, Gail Ann and R. David Weber. Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families. El Dorado Hills, CA: Reference Service Press, biennial. Call Number: 213 SCH DIS
Provides current information about nearly 1,300 scholarship, fellowship, loan, grant, and award programs established and designed primarily or exclusively for people with disabilities or members of their families. Entries are grouped under chapter categories: disabilities in general; orthopedic and developmental disabilities; hearing disabilities; visual disabilities; communication and other disabilities; and programs for families of the disabled. Indexed by program title, sponsoring organization, geographic eligibility, subject, and filing deadline.

Internet Resources

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Funding Opportunities
The mission of the NIMH is to diminish the burden of mental illness through research. NIMH's Funding Opportunities page includes grant and contract announcements, grant applications and RFP's for research opportunities.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. SAMHSA's Funding Opportunities Web page includes information on available and recently awarded grants.

Women, Children, and Youth

Foundation Center. Grants for Children and Youth. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 35,500 grants of $10,000 or more made by nearly 1,200 foundations for programs benefiting children and youth, including child welfare and advocacy, preventive and service programs, business education and vocational training, health and medical care, and programs regarding parents and teachers.

Foundation Center. Grants for Women and Girls. New York, NY: Foundation Center, annual.
Lists more than 10,000 grants made by nearly 1,000 foundations for programs that benefit women and girls, including education, career guidance, vocational training and employment, equal rights promotion, rape and abuse prevention and crisis services, shelter programs for victims of domestic violence, health programs, family planning, reproductive rights, pregnancy programs, athletics and recreation, arts programs, social research, and women's studies.

Internet Resources

*Insure Kids Now!
Insure Kids Now! is a national campaign to help the nation's uninsured children obtain free and low-cost health insurance. The program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. Browse the site to learn more about state programs or call toll-free (877) KIDS-NOW.
Sponsored by the Office on Women's Health of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the web site provides access to information on all areas of women's health. The information can be searched by health topic or by keyword. Browse the "Funding Opportunities" section for grants information.
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