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Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. foundations have a website. Foundation Center has long recognized the power of the web to communicate, and has been designing and hosting foundation websites for almost 20 years. Read more... Our Foundation Websites service can provide your foundation with a professionally designed and maintained website without the cost or the administrative hassle.

Eligible grantmakers receive a free, customized web site that can include program descriptions, application guidelines, grants lists, and other materials you specify. Foundation Center also offers a premium level of web site development and hosting for a modest fee, with features that include your own domain name, site usage reports, and a password-protected area.

Foundation Websites is a website design and support service for private foundations and other grantmaking organizations offered by Foundation Center. Examples of our work on Foundation Websites include:

The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation is dedicated to supporting and encouraging excellence in the arts throughout Connecticut's Capital Region.

Celebrating 50 years of funding, the Foundation wanted their website to tell the story of their founders and current leadership, describe their Excellence in Arts and Creation of New Works programs, and clarify their application and reporting requirements.

Foundation Center worked with them to create a website featuring colorful design, a slideshow of images, and a grants database.

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New York Foundation

The New York Foundation is a steadfast supporter of community organizing and advocacy in New York City.

Waylaid by a computer virus, the New York Foundation was ready to give up on maintaining a web presence. Years earlier they had worked with Foundation Center on their first website, and they returned to us to simplify their lives while telling the story they want to tell.

This website features great information for its grantees, aspiring grantees, and anyone interested in learning more about solving local problems through community-initiated solutions. Custom elements include a blog, speakers' bureau, knowledge center, and mapping application.

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The McCarthy Family Foundation

The McCarthy Family Foundation is a small private foundation based in San Diego.

Operating without permanent staff, the Foundation wanted a website identifying its interests in child abuse prevention, K-12 science education, HIV/AIDS research, and assistance to homeless people, as well as its history of giving in these areas.

Foundation Center worked with them to create an uncluttered, contemporary site that includes grantmaking details back to 1997.

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