Neighborhood Networks provides potential funding sources to help centers develop and improve programs and services. Featured this week is the Goodrich Foundation.
The Goodrich Foundation was formed in 1988 through a contribution by Goodrich Corporation. Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. The foundation provides support to charitable organizations serving the needs of the public in Goodrich Corporation's United States headquarters and plant communities, selected educational institutions, and selected national groups.
Program Areas: The Goodrich Foundation makes charitable grants in four categories:
- Education, including workforce development programs.
- Arts and culture.
- Civic and community.
- Health and human services/United Way.
The funding area most applicable to Neighborhood Networks centers is education. The Goodrich Foundation supports programs that promote adult education and welfare-to-work training and education. These programs may be supported through community colleges or civic, and community and human services organizations. The foundation generally allocates 30 percent to 40 percent of its annual charitable giving to education.
Preference will be accorded to requests for projects or programs in areas with a significant number of employees, employees serving on boards of charitable organizations, or other notable Goodrich Corporation presence. These include the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Targeted Areas: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Eligibility: Charitable contributions are made only to organizations defined as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The Goodrich Foundation generally will not support:
- Multi-year grants in excess of five years.
- Individuals, private foundations, endowments, churches or religious programs, fraternal, social, labor, or veterans' organizations.
- Groups with unusually high fundraising or administrative expenses.
- Political parties, candidates, or lobbying activities.
- Travel funds for tours, exhibitions, or trips by individuals or special interest groups.
- Organizations that discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, or any areas covered by any applicable federal, state, or local laws.
- Local athletic or sports programs or equipment, courtesy advertising benefits, raffle tickets, and other fundraising events involving purchasing of tables, tickets, or advertisements.
- Organizations that receive sizable portions of their support through municipal, county, state, or federal dollars.
- Individual United Way agencies that already benefit from Goodrich contributions to the United Way Campaign.
Award Amount: Award amounts vary.
Application Process: The foundation requires all applicants to complete an online application. Paper applications and proposals are no longer accepted.
To request Goodrich Foundation funding, submit a Goodrich Foundation Application. The foundation requires the following supporting documentation:
- Current IRS determination letter proving 501(c)(3) status.
- Current year program budget, annual report, or current year financial statements.
- A contact list of key staff and board members.
The Goodrich Foundation staff accepts and reviews grant requests quarterly. Decisions are made by the members of the Goodrich Foundation Board of Trustees. Proposals funded in one year are not always assured of future funding. Because the foundation receives far more proposals than it can possibly support, many requests are declined and every effort is made to provide written notification of the foundation's decision promptly.
Deadlines: The next deadline for proposals is August 1, 2009.
Contact: For more information contact the Goodrich Foundation
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