Private Funder: Bank of New York Mellon Foundation (formerly the Mellon Financial Corporation Fund); Opportunity: 2017 Charitable Giving Program; Funding Focus: Community development, the workforce and homelessness; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation distributed about $1.8 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.