Thank you very much for your interest in the Nathan Cummings Foundation. We have just completed our strategic planning process, through which the Board determined that the Foundation will focus on two areas, inequality and climate. In order to contribute thoughtfully to addressing these apparently intractable problems, 2014 will be a transition year in which NCF works to sharpen our understanding of these problems and the connections between them, and explores the Foundation’s options for making a meaningful contribution over the long-term. At this time, unsolicited funding requests will not be considered.
During our transition year in 2014, NCF will:
1. Provide transitional support to long-time partners as their support from NCF comes to an end;
2. Engage thoughtfully with grant partners who are likely to continue to fit within the Foundation’s new direction;
3. Make a limited number of grants to new grant partners who we believe can help advance the Foundation’s mission within the new framework.
If you are interested in pursuing a grant, take some time to review NCF’S preferences below, and click this link for more information about how NCF views inequality and climate and thinks about our approaches to social change.
Is There a Fit? Preference will be given to efforts that focus on:
- Inequality and climate, issues that are intractable because people disagree about what the problems are; disagree strongly about values (i.e. what matters most); and hold widely differing views of what success would be;
- Making the “impossible” possible;
- Using innovation, risk-taking and unorthodox thinking to disrupt conventional definitions and divides and to generate new possibilities and alliances;
- Affirming the importance of leadership that is curious, knows when it is stuck, and that is both bold and humble;
- Being willing to fail and to learn from failures;
- Encouraging resilience through solutions that enable individuals, organizations and communities to build a strong sense of purpose, develop deeper connections and gain control over the circumstances and decisions that affect them; and
- Supporting those who have the least to participate meaningfully in solving their own problems.
Areas and Projects Not Funded by the Foundation
We recommend that you review the following information outlining what the Foundation does not fund.
- Capital or Endowment Campaigns
- Benefits or Fundraising Events
- Specific Diseases
- Foreign-Based Organizations
- Local Synagogues or institutions with local projects
- Holocaust related projects
- Projects with no plans for replication
- General support for Jewish education
Please continue to visit this website frequently for updates, and be sure to read about our new direction.