Angelica Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Angelica Foundation supports organizations in the U.S. and Latin America in general. However, its human rights grants are all directed to groups fighting for rights of the people of Mexico.

IP TAKE: Funds smaller organizations working in human rights. 

PROFILE: Suzanne Gollin, cofounder and director of the Angelica Foundation, refers to herself as a “progressive philanthropist." Gollin established the Angelica Foundation in the early 1990s, and since then, supported grantmaking that “empower[s] communities to become more economically, socially, and environmentally just.”

Although the Angelica foundation geographically prioritizes organizations working in the United States and Latin America, its human rights grantmaking supports organizations working for human rights in Mexico—a country in which Gollin spent time as a child. Angelica’s main areas of grantmaking interest include promotion of democracy, increased transparency, women’s rights, indigenous people’s rights, drug policy reform, and to “advance humane immigration and economic policies.” 

The Angelica Foundation typically awards around 30 human rights grants annually. Grant amounts range widely, but on average, range from around $10,000 to over $200,000. 

The foundation does not currently accept unsolicited applications (or phone calls), and grants are made by invitation only.


  • Suzanne Gollin, Director and President
  • James Gollin, Director


  • Grants List