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The Benton Foundation works to realize the social benefits made possible by the public interest use of communications.  Provides links to online tools for community organizing and community building.

The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Current priorities include: promoting a vision and policy alternatives for the digital age in which the benefit to the public is paramount; raising awareness among funders and nonprofits on their stake in critical policy issues; enabling communities and nonprofits to produce diverse and locally responsive media content.

Jean and Steve Case founded the Case Foundation in 1997 to reflect their family's heartfelt commitment to finding lasting solutions to complex social challenges. Today, the foundation is pursuing a number of initiatives, and is particularly focused on three strategies:
  • Encouraging collaboration;
  • Supporting successful leaders; and
  • Fostering entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector.

 The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide.
Our goals are to:
  • Strengthen democratic values,
  • Reduce poverty and injustice,
  • Promote international cooperation and
  • Advance human achievement
A fundamental challenge facing every society is to create political, economic and social systems that promote peace, human welfare and the sustainability of the environment on which life depends. We believe that the best way to meet this challenge is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and at all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society.

The Kettering Foundation, a research institution, is an operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering's primary research question today is "What does it take to make democracy work as it should?"

Kettering collaborates with community groups, government agencies, scholars, and activists around the world. Much of the foundation's work centers around public deliberation - the work of weighing the costs and benefits of various approaches for action against the things people hold most dear.


The Pew Charitable Trusts serves the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the Trusts will invest $248 million in fiscal year 2007 to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues.

The Trusts, an independent nonprofit, is the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Three Major Areas of Work:

  • Informing the Public
  • Advancing Policy Solutions
  • Supporting Civic Life


The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. The Foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared. With assets of more than $3.5 billion, it is one of the few institutions to conduct such work both within the United States and internationally.

As John D. Rockefeller said, “The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.” This approach has produced such breakthrough work as the professionalization of public health, the development of a vaccine against yellow fever, the “Green Revolution” in Latin American, Asian and Indian agriculture, and the creation of public-private partnerships to develop promising new vaccines.

 The Surdna Foundation is a family foundation established in 1917 by John Emory Andrus.  The foundation makes grants in the areas of environment, community revitalization, effective citizenry, the arts and the nonprofit sector, with annual grant making of approximately $30 million.  The goal of Surdna's Effective Citizenry program is to support young people to take action with others to address meaningful problems in their schools, neighborhoods and the larger society.

The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation aspires to the ideal of a sovereign Canada that is dedicated to the security and well-being of all Canadians and committed tolerance, pluralism and democratic participation.  This independent Canadian grant-making foundation is dedicated to the development of sound and innovative public policies, founded on those values fundamental to Canadians, and designed to foster the continuing evolution of a dynamic and independent Canada.

IAP2 has 501(3)(c) charity status in USA and is able to receive donations from within the USA.

Federation of International Association of Public Participation
PO Box 270723, Louisville, CO 80027 USA