Wunderkinder Foundation: Grants for Crime and Violence

OVERVIEW: The Wunderkinder Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations located in the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder’s grantmaking guidelines, eligibility and requirements are unclear. Tax filings indicate that it awards both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Founded by Steven Spielberg in the early 1980s, the Wunderkinder Foundation is a sizable non-profit; however, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal staff. According to tax filings, the foundation grantmaking programs include arts and culture, the environment, women’s causes, education, Jewish causes, health and social and human services. The foundation’s grants related to crime and violence are largely awarded out social and human services program.

Wunderkinder grants range widely from $200 to nearly $3 million. The majority of grants fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range. Past crime and violence grantees include the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Both organizations received funding to support general operating costs.

This foundation is not transparent regarding its grantmaking activities, guidelines and eligibility requirements. Tax filings indicate that the Wunderkinder Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.


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Wunderkinder Foundation

c/o Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson

11400 W. Olympic Blvd. No. 550

Los Angeles, California 90064