A: By and large, foundations support the programs and services of tax-exempt, 501c3 organizations. Churches and other faith-based organizations typically qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making them eligible to receive contributions from foundations. An IRS publication with good information about the tax status of churches is called Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations [PDF].
While foundations vary widely in their funding priorities, faith-based organizations can locate foundations interested in their community and other programs by using Foundation Directory Online, a database of some 95,000 grantmakers. All Foundation Center locations provide free access to Foundation Directory Online, or you can activate your own subscription at our web site.