Pershing Square Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Pershing Square Foundation supports human rights organizations around the world.

IP TAKE: Pershing Square seeks innovative organizations tackling important social issues, but does not support unsolicited applications or LOIs. This funder awards both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman and his wife Karen cofounded the Pershing Square Foundation in 2006 to “[s]upport exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact across the globe.” Grantmaking priorities include arts and urban development, economic opportunity and development, education, health and life sciences, and social justice.

The foundation largely awards its human rights grants out of its social justice portfolio. Pershing’s human rights giving is broad-based and does not focus on any particular area of practice or discipline.

Grant amounts range anywhere from around $5,000 to $25 million. The majority of grants awarded fall in the $25,000 to $250,000 range. Human rights organizations receiving support from Pershing in the past include Human Rights Watch and the Innocence Project. To learn more about Pershing Square’s human rights grantees, explore its social justice grants portfolio.

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