Mellon Foundation Favors Community Development

BNY-Mellon-hisign-750Private Funder: Bank of New York Mellon Foundation (formerly the Mellon Financial Corporation Fund); Opportunity: 2016 Charitable Giving Program; Funding Focus: Community development, the workforce and homelessness; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation distributed about $1.7 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling (letter of inquiry).

Summary: The Bank of New York Mellon Foundation supports a range of philanthropic efforts, including programs to help homeless children. For example, the foundation gave $10,000 to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund in Pittsburgh and it gave $15,000 to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for operating support.

The Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania supports the Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania region. Contributions to organizations in other U.S. locations are made through the Bank of New York Mellon Foundation. Requests cannot be evaluated over the telephone. Start with a well-written letter of intent (LOI). The LOI is important because the foundation does not accept unsolicited full grant applications. It bases those invitations on the quality of the LOI.

Info: or Bank of New York Mellon, One Mellon Center — Room 1830, Pittsburgh, PA 15258,; Daisy Holmes, president, 412/234-8679.

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Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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