Funder Underwrites Programs for Literacy, Social Services

WHO foundationFoundation: WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation; Opportunity: General grants and literacy/education grants; Funding Focus: Social services, women and children (education-literacy programs get priority); Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Awards vary (since its inception, the foundation has granted over $3.5 million to over 322 charities in 45 states); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The foundation supports nonprofits serving the overlooked needs of women and children. Specific projects and programs addressing health and social service needs are the focuses of funding. The foundation will also consider projects of an original or pioneering nature within an existing organization. In order to qualify, organizations must be at least three years old with an operating budget of $3 million or less, and not dependent on government grants.

Youth groups can benefit. For example, the foundation recently gave $30,00 to Indiana’s College Mentors for Kids for programming and it also gave $10,000 to the Girls Hope of Pittsburgh (PA) for general support.

Info:; P. O. Box 816029, Dallas, TX 75381-6029 or 800/946-4663.

About Frank Klimko

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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