Single Parents Cash and Sources Guide (Foundations, page 1 of 5)

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Scan foundations and determine ones most likely to fulfill your financial needs.

Request an application and information re their grant-making policies. Telephone foundation, if possible for faster response.

Follow foundations' guidelines carefully. Some may only want a letter. Others may want both letter and proposals.

Specifically target your appeal to the organization making donations. Using the same form letters to everyone may be unwise.

Some foundations do not accept appeals directly from individuals. If so, have a non-profit group with the right status (Section 501 © (3) of the IRS code) request money for you "indirectly." Once they receive it they can in turn pass it on to you.

Most groups and agencies listed under the social service headings in your telephone book's yellow pages probably fall under the right non-profit status. Also, some churches do. Ask some to make an appeal on your behalf. It helps if the agency is familiar with your situation. If not, have references, medical bills, proof of income, etc. Available.


The Grantsmanship Center,1030 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90015

The above Center offers instruction on where and how to obtain funding and tips on writing successful grants.

Also, contact:

Foundation Center, 888 Seventh Avenue,New York, NY 10019,1.800.424.9836 (Call for a list of their helpful publications.)

In addition, contact your local library for the nearest foundation center in your area.

SAGE FOUNDATION, INC., PO Box 6763, Dothan, AL 36302, Contact: Dawn Dunning, Pres. Grants and scholarships to individuals.

LORRAINE MULBERGER FOUNDATION, INC., c/o Burch & Cracchiolo, 702 East Osborn, Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602.274.7611. Welfare assistance to needy individuals in Arizona.

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION, 3550 North Central Av, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2127, 602.279.9474, 1.800.722.9474, Fax: 602.279.0855. Helps make dreams possible for children with life-threatening illnesses.

THE FOUNDRY, 8110 N. Mohave Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, 480.556.9908, Contact: Sherry Stewart, Pres. Grants are given to people who are considered indigent as well as abused women and children.

WALLACE FOUNDATION, 3370 North Hayden Road, Suite 123-287, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Assistance for needy residents of Arizona to help pay general living expenses.

BYERS FAMILY FOUNDATION, 3300 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663, Contact: Hap S. Byers. Grants and scholarship funds and some loans are given to individuals in California.

THE MARGUERITE HOME, A CHARITABLE TRUST, 400 Capital Mall, 22nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Helps needy elderly and single women only.

AVERY-FULLER-WELCH CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION, 500 Sutter Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94102-1117, 415.986.1687. Aid for handicapped and disabled children to help pay medical and educational costs.

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS FOUNDATION, 15125 Ventura Blvd., Suite 204, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818.784.6787. Helps to provide musical instruments to promising students.

ESGAR FOUNDATION, PO Box 400, Wiley, CO 81092-0400, 719.829.4811. Grants and scholarship funds are given to individuals in Colorado.

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