Welcome note from the President
The Longwood Foundation is dedicated to the people, environment, and communities of Delaware and southern Chester County in Pennsylvania. We accept grant requests from all organizations that have received 501(c)3 status from the IRS (if you are a non profit without a 501(c)3 certification, please call us).
The Foundation was formed in 1937 by Pierre S. du Pont and has made grants to non-profits of over $2 billion since. Please see the History tab under About Us to learn more about the last 75 years. We invest primarily in the education, health care, environmental, housing, arts, social services, and civic sectors. We are looking to make grants that will accelerate an organization towards its own success and in the process help solve a community challenge in our geographic boundaries. We’ve added three new tabs to the website that are worth some review before submitting a request to the Foundation. First, over the last year, we have researched and identified the Foundation’s values and mission (each has their own tab in the About Us section of the site). The former reflects the values of our founder and the latter is how we bring those values to life through philanthropic work today. Second, we have added a Frequently Asked Questions tab under the Apply for a Grant tab. These are questions that are often asked by our staff when an applicant submits a request and deserve some consideration as you prepare yours. We have recently revised our Grant Request Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions page. Please take the time to review them before applying.
Longwood Foundation has recently added Simplify to the grant application process. This program is a collaboration among Guidestar, the Technology Affinity Group, and various Grant Management software companies. The purpose of Simplify is to make the grant application process easier for nonprofits when they are applying to participating foundations. The basic data of the nonprofit is stored in Guidestar and is uploaded to Longwood’s database automatically when you enter your EIN number in the beginning of the online grant application. The program is free to the nonprofits. Simplify eliminates the repetitive elements of grant applications, so nonprofits can spend time advancing their missions rather than completing unnecessary paperwork, and funders can manage their grantmaking process more efficiently. Together, Simplify is a seamless, automated information flow allowing funders and nonprofits to focus less on process and more on purpose.
To check or update your information, go to guidestar.org, and log in to your account.
If your organization is not in the GuideStar Exchange, go to guidestar.org and create an account by clicking on the “Update Nonprofit Report” link and following the directions to complete the GuideStar Exchange Form. There is no cost for nonprofit organizations to have their data stored in or shared from the GuideStar Exchange.
Data included in Simplify:
•Organization information •Mission and impact statement •Demographic coding •Financial information •People/contact information •Uploaded documents •IRS information
Here’s a link with more information. http://www.simplifynow.org/nonprofits/why-simplify/
We welcome your feedback about the Foundation, its operations, and this website
Thère du Pont
100 West 10th Street, Suite 1109, Wilmington, DE 19801
Longwood Foundation, Inc.
PLEASE NOTE: The Grant Application deadlines are March 1 and September 1