Diamondston Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Diamondston does not restrict its human rights grantmaking to any particular area of focus or region of the world. This funder does typically award large international organizations rather than local and grassroots groups.

IP TAKE: Diamondston is a modest, but approachable funder of human rights causes. Applicants must highlight the impact of their work in their grant applications.

PROFILE: Based in the Long Island community of Woodmere, New York, the Diamondston Foundation is a low-profile, private funder that awards small grants to human rights organizations that fight globally for the rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations. It does not have a website, and appears to take a broad approach to its rights funding. In other words, it does not limit its funding priories to any particular rights topic. 

The foundation's grants are modest, and range from $500 to about $10,000. Most human rights related grants typically fall in the $1,000 to $2,000 range. Diamondston generally awards grants to large, established organizations such as Human Rights Watch and International Rescue Committee, and pays little attention to local and grassroots groups. The foundation does not apply geographic restrictions to its human right grantmaking. It also supports a few global health and development organizations, but generally only more widely recognized organizations like Heifer International and Water.org.

Since the foundation prefers a low profile, grantseekers may need to reach out to its formal staff. Also, according to its tax filings, Diamondston does accept unsolicited requests for funding. Applications should be addressed to the attention of Jesse Margolin at the address provided below.

PEOPLE:

  • Jesse Margolin, President
  • Michael Margolin, Vice President
  • David Margolin, Vice President
  • Susan Smith, Vice President

CONTACT:
Diamondston Foundation
2 Wyckoff Place
Woodmere, New York 11598
(516) 374-3906