Site Visit to a Local Foundation

To understand the workings of a large foundation that distributes major capital gifts and programmatic gifts like scholarships for higher education.

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Students will:

  • Understand the difference between large and small foundations and their recipients
  • Meet with major civic leaders who influence decisions on addressing community and statewide problems
  • Continue discussion on careers in nonprofits – foundations
  • Learn about major grant proposals and how decisions are made regarding approvals or denials

Brochures and sample applications from each foundation are distributed.

  1. Speaker explains the different goals of each foundation type, information about his / her foundation, and how major grant awards are distributed.


In class discussion, students are asked to explain the difference between small community operational grants and major capital grants.