OVERVIEW: Babson focuses its global security related grantmaking on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and human rights.
IP TAKE: This is a funder that may be best suited for smaller, local, and grassroots groups given the modest size of its grant amounts. Newcomers may have some luck here as Babson does not typically award grants to the same organizations every year, and accepts unsolicited requests for funding.
PROFILE: The Susan and Donald Babson Charitable Foundation awards grants to groups that work to “prevent exploitation, poverty, and injustice.” As part of its mission, the foundation also supports grantmaking for global security programs. Babson's areas of interest in the global security field include peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and human rights rather than nuclear or cyber security.
Based in Massachusetts, the foundation tends to favor organizations located there. While Babson occasionally considers multi-year support, the majority of its grants are awarded for one year. Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to $10,000. For a broader sense of the types of organizations Babson tends to support, explore its Grants Awarded page.
The foundation also features a Discretionary Fund Program, which provides funding that reflects the direct interests of individual trustees or family members, but does not accept applications.
Overall applications are generally due February 28th, but grantseekers are encouraged to visit the foundation's site for any changes. Online applications should be made two months in advance of that deadline.
- Averill Babson, Trustee
- James A. Babson, Trustee
- Deborah E. Babson, Trustee
- Richard L. Babson, Trustee
- Newell Flather, Trustee
- Michelle Jenney, Grants Administrator