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A Guide to Funding from Philanthropic Organizations

At the request of the Research Council, the Grants Committee (GC) undertook a review of philanthropic funding organizations to investigate possibilities for funding of education and research activities in prosthetics and orthotics (P&O). The Council on Foundations (COF) is a Washington, DC, area-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,100 grant-making foundations and corporations. It is a membership organization providing a wide variety of services primarily for endowed, grant-making organizations throughout the United States and in foreign countries. COF members can access an online Directory of Member Organizations that provides contact information for more than 2,000 COF members. For non-members, COF provides a list of member websites. At the time of this investigation, 1,616 member websites were included in this freely-available list. Unfortunately, there was no search feature available to facilitate identification of foundations/organizations with missions that might be potentially applicable to P&O education and research activities. Having identified the COF list of member websites as the most accessible and comprehensive freely-available guide to philanthropic organizations, the GC undertook a review of all 1616 organizations for which COF listed a website. Below are the organizations identified as having potential relevance to P&O research and education activities.

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Potentially Applicable to P&O

For a list of funding organizations identified as having potential applicability to P&O based on the information available on the their websites. These tend to be organizations with a health care or medical research focus.


This is a list of community foundations. Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities focused on improving the quality of life for people in their communities. Hence, these organizations have a specific geographic focus (e.g. a particular county or city). The goal of Community Foundations is to provide an avenue for philanthropy by the citizens of a particular community to benefit that community.



American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760
Bethesda, MD 20814

(202) 380-3663