Samuel Rubin Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Samuel Rubin Foundation invests in human rights and gender equality nonprofit organizations working in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This funder awards both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Samuel Rubin established the Samuel Rubin Foundation in 1949 to “[f]urther his vision of a world dedicated to peace and justice,” and remains “[d]edicated to the pursuit of peace and justice and the search for an equitable reallocation of the world’s resources.” The foundation does not have specific grantmaking programs; however, its social justice objectives and past grantmaking demonstrate strong support for human rights causes.

The majority of Rubin Foundation grants range between $5,000 and $10,000. In the past, the foundation has awarded human rights related grants to nonprofits such as International Civil Society Action Network, which received funding for its work promoting peace, justice, and human rights; and the New Israel Fund, a global nonprofit dedicated to strengthening democracy, promoting freedom, and equality for Israel’s citizens. To learn more about the types of nonprofit organizations the Rubin Foundation supports, explore its grantees lists.

The foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking, though nonprofits based outside of the United States must have a U.S. based sponsor with tax-exempt status to qualify for a Rubin Foundation grant.

The Samuel Rubin Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and does not require grantseekers to submit letters of inquiry prior to application submission. Deadlines for application submissions are generally around the beginning of January, May, and September. Deadlines are subject


  • Judith Weiss, President

  • Kaitlin Longmire, Grants Manager