Sandler Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Sandler Foundation supports human rights organizations working in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This foundation often provides long-term support to like-minded organizations fighting for human rights.

PROFILE: Established in 1991 by Herb and Marion Sandler, the Sandler Foundation invests in “[s]trategic organizations and exceptional leaders that seek to improve the rights, opportunities and well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.” The foundation subscribes to the philosophy that transformative and sustainable change begins with strong leaders and has a “high tolerance for risk” when it comes to offering financial support to organizations with dynamic leaders.

The foundation seeks organizations that work to advance policy change through policy development and advocacy; exposing corruption and abuse; systemic reform; strengthening research and networks’ and innovative scientific research to improve health. Rather than offer issue specific grant programs, the foundation prefers to fund organizations more broadly.

Grant amounts range from $75,000 to $2.5 million; however, most awards range between $75,000 to $500,000. Past Sandler Foundation human rights grantees include the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Click here to learn more about the types of organizations the foundation supports. 

The Sandler Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • Steve Daetz, Executive Vice President
  • Sergio Knaebel, Grant Director