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The mission of the Civil Society program is to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies.


The program is organized into four program areas:



While grantmaking objectives and strategies are tailored to the specific circumstances of each geographic region in which we work, two broad themes unite grantmaking within the program:

  • To empower people and nonprofits to take collective action that promotes and defends democratic values; and
  • To promote and develop a more robust culture of private giving for public good.

Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal.