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No, UMass Amherst is a 501(c)(1) and 501(c)(9) entity under the Internal Revenue Code.

The University of Massachusetts Foundation, Inc., was established in 1950 as a not-for-profit corporation which is exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Serving the five campuses of the University, the Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors. On the UMass Amherst campus, the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations in Development and Alumni Relations serves as a liaison between the UMass Amherst faculty and staff and the UMass Foundation staff to obtain formal fiscal sponsorship of grant proposals for private foundations that require 501(c)(3) sponsorship. 

A 501(c) organization, also known colloquially as either a 501(c) or a "nonprofit", is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code provides that 29 types of nonprofit organizations are exempt from some federal income taxes. 501(c)(3) exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund, cooperating association or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, to promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Many foundations and corporate matching programs ONLY grant funds to an organization with such status.

The entire process of getting funding from foundations generally takes 9-12 months. This includes finding the foundations whose mission matches your research or program area, developing the proposal and budget, obtaining required departmental approvals, following the submission process as outlined by the Office of Grants & Contracts Administration (and the University of Massachusetts Foundation Inc. if 501(c)(3) status is required); grant submittal; 2+ months of consideration by foundation committees; notification of foundation decision, and lastly award payment.

Budget assistance is provided by Business Managers at each of the schools and colleges. Each school/college has their own workflow process. Please contact administration staff in your Dean's office to learn who assists with proposals. The Research Business Manager Liaisons, housed within Research & Engagement provide additional support. Visit their webpage to see who is assigned to your area. 

CFR will review and edit your proposal of $25,000 and above, if sent to us two to three weeks before the deadline.

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