Welcome to the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation (NBO Foundation) is committed to improving communities and impacting lives through unique philanthropic programs that support Education, Journalism, and Arts in the community, Public Health, and the Environment. The NBO Foundation will make grants to qualified, registered 501(c) 3 organizations.


The Foundation strongly suggests that applicants review the NBO requirements and clarify any questions before submitting a letter of inquiry. To learn about the three NBO Foundation funding areas and their specific requirements please click on the name of the committee to the left.

Please direct all inquiries to the Executive Director at bonnieburgoyne@gmail.com.




General Guideline for all Committees:

Geographic focus: Please see the individual committees for their geographic guidelines.


Organization requirements:

United States requestors must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. In addition, grant recipients must certify that they are not a supporting organization within the meaning of Code Section 509(a)(3). 


The NBO Foundation does not fund:

  • Private Foundations Code Section 509(a)(2)
  • State Colleges or Universities Code Section 511(a)(2)(b)
  • Annual Appeals or Capital Campaigns Construction or New Facility expenses
  • Fundraising or Event Sponsorships
  • Individual scholarships
  • Political Activities and lobbying
  • Churches or other religious organizations
  • General operating support requests unless the NBO Foundation already has an established relationship with the organization, and the organization has demonstrated success with previous grants.