David and Anita Keller Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The David and Anita Keller Foundation awards grants to groups that fight for access to basic physical and mental healthcare, and increased government and corporate accountability for human rights violations.

IP TAKE: Keller tends to support its grantees for multiple years rather than to award one-time grants. This is not always the case, and some new grantees do pop up on its tax filings each year. However, grantseekers should expect competition from likeminded organizations in this funding field.

PROFILE: Based in the San Francisco Bay area, the David and Anita Keller Foundation was established in 2002, and directs all of its resources to “supporting organizations and social entrepreneurs who work to expand and protect human rights.” The foundation’s primary grantmaking programs include Health Justice and Accountability and Advocacy & Investigation.

Keller’s Health Justice program awards grants to organizations that advocate for access to physical and mental healthcare, with an emphasis on those working in remote and rural locations. The foundation also supports groups that expand healthcare systems in those hard-to-reach locations. Keller’s grants are relatively broad here. Past grants have supported Last Mile Health, to support its continuing work in developing and managing local community health workers, and to Gardens for Health, to support its work combatting malnutrition through innovative approaches in agriculture.

The foundation’s Accountability, Advocacy & Investigation giving is based on the belief that “governments and corporations should be held to account for the injustices they impose on vulnerable communities.” Keller’s giving is relatively broad here. Some grants support innovative methods to investigate war crimes and human rights violations, as well as to support community-driven strategies that advocate for human rights and justice policy changes.

Although well-appointed, Keller’s website does not offer its grantseekers much information. However, the foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant proposals. Grants typically range in amount from $10,000 to $30,000, and few awards are granted each year—generally under 10.


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