David Geffen Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The David Geffen Foundation supports a wide range of human rights organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Geffen typically awards unrestricted general operating support grants rather than project-specific grants.

PROFILE: Founded by music executive and film producer David Geffen in 1986, the David Geffen Foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website, and does not employ a formal staff. Tax filings suggests it prioritizes funding organizations that support people affected by HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, the arts, Jewish causes, and health care

While the Geffen Foundation does not list human rights as a grantmaking priority, its latest tax filings indicate a funding interest in this space. Past human rights grantees include the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Human Rights Watch. Grant amounts can range anywhere from $1,000 to $15 million. Most awards, however, fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.

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


  • J. Dallas Dishman, Executive Director
  • David Geffen, Trustee
  • Richard Sherman, Trustee


The David Geffen Foundation

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