Eucalyptus Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Eucalyptus Foundation’s human rights grantmaking is relatively broad; however, it prioritizes awards to projects that support the rights of those living in conflict zones and peacebuilding movements.

IP TAKE: This small family foundation tends to favor a few rights organizations to support each year. Grantseekers should be prepared to network with the foundation to gain its attention. 

PROFILE: Based in San Francisco, California, the Eucalyptus Foundation keeps a low public profile despite its sizable assets, estimated at around $40 million. According to its tax filings, Frances Koshland Geballe is the foundation's major financial contributor. Geballe is the daughter of Daniel Koshland Sr. who, along with brother-in-law Walter Hass, helped turn Levi Strauss into a multi-billion dollar company. Much of the Eucalyptus Foundation’s annual grants are focused on the San Francisco Bay area.

The foundation's grantmaking focuses include arts and culture; community and international development; education, healthcare, and population; and human rights. Human rights, however, are not the foundation's dominant area of grantmaking, which typically ranges from $75,000 to $150,000. The foundation often awards large international organizations. Although Eucalyptus awards few rights grants annually, awards are sizable. 

Eucalyptus does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Also, the foundation does not seem to have a formal, paid staff.

PEOPLE:

  • Frances K. Geballe, President, Director
  • Theodore H. Geballe, Vice President, Director
  • Alison F. Geballe, Manager, CFO, Director
  • Gordon T. Geballe, Director
  • Adam P. Geballe, Director

CONTACT:
Eucalyptus Foundation
P.O. Box 29550
San Francisco, California 94129
(415) 561-3346