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Disability Inclusive Grantmaking is the mission of DFN: inclusion of disability in grantmaking programs and inclusion of people with disabilities in grantmaking organizations.

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DFN Publications

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Funders and Disability


Overview: History and Chief Policy Concerns of the Disability Rights Movement

Cross-Currents in the Mainstream: Including Disability in Foundation Funding Priorities

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Working with Foundations to Attract Disability Funding


A 2001 survey of 108 grantmakers and 20 grantseekers that examines how California grantmakers understand and address disability issues and explores possible knowledge and communications gaps between grantmakers and applicants.

The following two publications are available to DFN members only:

  • Full-length survey and findings: Disability Funding in California
  • The Grantmaker Forums on Disability Policy: Forum Proceedings
    Introduction, summaries and full text of presentations on disability policy and challenges to grantmakers by disability policy experts, federal agency officials and grantmakers.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Disability Funders Network thanks Harilyn Rousso for her expertise and counsel in preparing the following documents:

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act

  • Grantseeking from Foundations and Corporations for Employment Networks: Employment Network (EN) Capitalization Resource Directory
    Prepared by DFN and other experts on disability funding and employment under contract with the Social Security Administration via MAXIMUS, the national program operator for the Ticket-to-Work Program, this directory is an in-depth resource on how to access funding from government grants, foundations and private financial capital. It also includes information on how to leverage funding from existing sources for service providers serving individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, as well providers in education and One-Stop systems.
  • Disability Grantseekers Guide to Foundations and Corporate Funding
    Comprehensive information on the different types of foundations and corporate funding organizations, who they fund and how, together with how to research and write proposals. A guide to print and Web-based resources is included.
    (Prepared by DFN for MAXIMUS under a contract with the Social Security Administration. See EN Capitalization Resource Directory under Ticket-to-Work Resources.)

The following three publications are available to DFN members only:

  • Forums for California Grantmakers, State Agencies and Disability Community Representatives
    Summarizes workshop presentations that describe how the Ticket-to-Work operates, how state agencies can help implement the Ticket-to-Work legislation, and the role of corporations and foundations.
  • Opportunities to Shape Innovation Through Public-Private Partnerships
    A fact sheet that outlines the major features of the Act and suggested roles for foundations and other stakeholders. Also includes a matrix containing a range of possible projects for grantmakers with different funding priorities.
  • California State Activities Relating to Work Incentives Act Implementation: The Context for Foundation Actions
    Examines how California has implemented various aspects of the Ticket-to-Work Act, including enacted legislation.


All documents are available in alternate formats. Please contact Disability Funders Network at execdir@disabilityfunders.org or call 703-795-9646.