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SC&I Funding and Research Digest

June 2023

Those Elusive 990s

In May the IRS released a million of the forms that all 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofits must submit annually. There are often delays in this sector from organizations that may file a year or more after their fiscal year ends. The significance of the 990 is that it provides transparency regarding their operations, budgets, salaries, and charitable giving, which are all the more important as the sheer number and variety of these organizations make them nearly impossible to monitor. Or, as one headline phrased it: "The 990s Are Here. Why That’s a Big Deal and What Happens Now." For a quick primer, The Library of Congress provides a look at these foundations' structure. While the RWJF has distributed millions for worthy causes (about $500 million yearly), many 501(c)(3s) subsist with volunteers and little money to contribute. But among the 40,000 in the state, significant financial help is provided across an incredibly diverse giving landscape. Here are just a few recent such grants.




Gordon & Llura Gund 1993 Charitable Foundation, Princeton

Grounds For Sculpture,Trenton


Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust,

Florham Park

Center for Great Expectations (mental health care), Somerset


ADP Foundation, Roseland

Girls Who Can Code


Karmic Kids Foundation Inc., Franklin Lakes

Real Dog Rescue,Oakland


Global Impact Foundation Inc., Holmdel

Patients and doctors in need of oxygen concentrators.


The Fund for New Jersey, Princeton

WBGO, Newark Public Radio


Edgewater Sports Boosters, Edgewater

Little League Umpires


The Foundation Directory Professional, available through the library, and the Nonprofit Explorer from, are authoritative sources and post the most recent 990 filings.

Funding Opportunities of Note

Upcoming and Selected




  • The application period opens this week for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Data for Action (HD4A) program. HD4A equips researchers with valuable data—information that can help them better answer important research questions. Eligible research projects can focus on topics including public health surveillance and population health, diagnostic quality, the health effects of COVID-19, health outcomes, rehospitalization rates, the opioid epidemic, maternal and infant health, social determinants of health, racial and ethnic disparities, and healthcare access. Deadline: 18-Aug-23.




Upcoming Submissions (As of June 20)

(These are in a submission, development, or under-consideration stage.)




SC&I deadline




AI-ML in Health Equity








Smart Kids and Cool Seniors




Safer Online Spaces




Partisan News Television




Job roles in evolving industries








National Center for Personalized Health




Health Inequity



The Grant Repository

Spreadsheets of relevant funding opportunities are compiled by the grants team. The hyperlinks, below, direct you to listings at the Research Portal. Many of the deadlines, particularly those well into the future, are “anticipated” by the Pivot database and other sources. Please verify the deadlines with the funder before considering applying.

Faculty Publication Insights

  • Community Design for Health and Wellness co-directors Mark Aakhus and Sarah Allred reflect on the 2018-2022 program and how it might influence other academic-community endeavors.
  • Kiran Garimella and colleagues examined a data set of Twitter's "Trending Topics" from India and Turkey and uncovered interesting findings on their impact.
  • Dean Lemish and investigators wondered if "Like grandmother, like mother?" applied to the mediation of children's media use. Check out their findings.
  • How does restorative justice apply in the context of interpersonal harm for online gaming communities? Shagun Jhaver can tip you off.
  • Curious about the power of a Google search? Katherine Ognyanova and her fellow researchers found that exposure to and engagement with partisan or unreliable news are driven not primarily by algorithmic curation, but by users’ choices.
  • In the newest edition of The School Library Manager: Leading through Change, Joyce Valenza and her co-authors tackle the role of the school librarian in the ever-growing digital realm.


Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2023

(Grantmakers for Education)

Future-Mindedness: Research Review

(John Templeton Foundation)

What to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions

(Chronicle of Higher Education)

How MrBeast Became the Willy Wonka of YouTube: Jimmy Donaldson, a.k.a. MrBeast, has become a viral sensation for his absurd acts of altruism. Why do so many people think he’s evil? (The New York Times Magazine)

Abortion Funds Face Slowdown in Giving a Year After Supreme Court Ruling

(The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Wealthy countries are falling short on climate financing, report finds

(Philanthropy News/Oxfam)

Continuing Ed

A Better Year Ahead?

The just-released "Giving USA," which tracks estimated contributions from foundations, individuals, and corporations, found last year was dismal for philanthropy —it was only the fourth time giving dropped since its record-keeping began in 1956. The cause? Individual donors' contributions, a philanthropy mainstay, dropped by 13.4 percent after inflation perhaps attributable to the effects of the pandemic and the support of social justice groups.

Year-over-year activity from the Great Recession

to post-pandemic (adjusted for inflation).

Source: Giving USA Foundation/The Chronicle of Philanthropy

APA's Guidance on Citing ChatGPT

This post outlines how to fashion references for large-language, controversial AI tools like ChatGPT and how to present AI-generated text in a paper.

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Pivot: RU's Go-To Source for Funding

  • Your funding search should start with Pivot, the university’s database of thousands of opportunities accessible with your NetID. This is where you can personalize your search by funding type, amount, date of the application window, due date, and eligibility, among other parameters.
  • Pivot’s listings also include internal funding through InfoReady and daily curated lists by Rutgers Research and the RU Foundation.
  • For assistance finding funding from the grants team, please submit the Find Funding Research Request Form.

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In Digests To Come...

  • Ideal grants for non-grant seekers.
  • The Wild and Wonderful World of Libguides.
  • ORCiD: No-excuse excuses for a lackluster profile.
  • Summer beach reading (on grantmaking!) ⛱️
  • Unsolicited funding pitches are not a waste of time. Really.

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