Funding Guidelines

Establishing Criteria for Success

Newman’s Own Foundation has a proactive strategy to identify organizations that fit funding criteria and meet Focus Area goals. All grant inquiries and applications for funding are by invitation only. Regretfully, the Foundation is unable to respond to unsolicited requests.


  • 501(c)3 public charities or the international equivalent
  • Clear and substantive fit within one or more Focus Areas
  • Organizations or programs where Foundation resources have the potential for significant impact typically small to mid-size organizations/programs that are poised for growth
  • Innovative and effective model programs with potential for replication that can contribute to solutions to issues addressed by the Focus Areas
  • Opportunities to encourage philanthropy by leveraging Foundation resources to stimulate giving from other sources and help build a global philanthropic community
  • Existing or potential for strong organizational leadership/governance
  • Fiscal responsibility

Newman’s Own Foundation Generally Does Not Fund:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, race, ethnicity, political beliefs, or disabilities.
  • Specific religious activities or beliefs or organizations that require adherence to a specific religion or belief
  • Lobbying or political activities
  • Major research projects
  • Any commercial business purpose
  • Any litigation that is underway, contemplated, or completed, or organizations that use litigation as a primary tool to carry out its mission
  • Private foundations, Type III supporting organizations, or other organizations that require expenditure responsibility by the Foundation
  • Endowments, building campaigns, special events or annual funds
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • Organizations that do not comply with all laws and regulations including those related to the Patriot Act



We work with organizations to ensure success over the long term through support for capacity building and program expansion.

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