New Prospect Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The New Prospect Foundation supports larger human rights organizations that work across the world.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards grants for general operating support rather than funding specific projects.

PROFILE: Established in 1969 in Illinois, the New Prospect Foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the fields of housing, employment, welfare, the economic sustainability of urban and inner city neighborhoods, human rights, civil rights, and public school reform in Chicago, Illinois. New Prospect maintains a low public profile and does not operate a website or employ a formal staff. As a result, information is difficult to locate regarding its priority areas.

According to tax filings, grant amounts range widely from $250 to $600,000; however, most grants tend to fall into the $1,000 to $10,000. Past human rights grantees include International Rescue Committee, Amnesty International, and the Global Fund for Women.

The New Prospect Foundation prioritizes nonprofit organizations with modest budgets and those that do not qualify for funding through other traditional sources. The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications to the address provided below.


  • Frances Lehman, President
  • Elliot Lehman, Vice President


New Prospect Foundation

c/o Frances Lehman

1603 Orrington Avenue 1275

Evanston, Illinois 60201

(847) 328-2288