As a result of Jerry's appeal for a Holiday help-out for a rescue, I contacted a local sanctuary, made a donation, and found from their web site that they needed a grant writer, which is something I do for a living. I have already contacted some foundations for them, and what I knew to be true for my own grant-supported work turned out to be applicable to parrot rescue applications for support. Foundations generally don't want to fund operating expenses - they see that as an open-ended request that will keep coming back. Instead, approach foundations with a specific project in mind: it might be to build an extension to house additional animals, develop an outreach program, whatever. A discrete project looks like a one-time donation (never mind that you fully intend to go back to them next year!), it has a measurable goal and well defined progress points. Also, if there is an opportunity to name something after the foundation (the Smith Aviary, etc) , that sometimes helps too. Also, most foundations prefer that you be an operating charity (503c) to ensure that their funds are properly used. Whether you are a mega-rescue with thousands of birds, or a small operation with just a few birds, professionalism is the key. Make formal looking letterhead and write a preliminary letter to the foundation briefly describing your status, what you want to do, and approximately what it might cost - and ask if they are interested in a more complete proposal. Cast often, and you can catch one occasionally. If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to pm me directly.