Firedoll Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Firedoll Foundation awards grants to organizations that fight for vulnerable populations' rights. It also support rights groups working in the West Bank and Gaza.

IP TAKE: Firedoll’s giving reflects the liberal ideologies of its cofounders. Conservative organizations have little chance of receiving funding from this organization.

PROFILE: The Firedoll Foundation was established by Sandor and Faye Straus, who are described as “two unrepentant liberals from the 1960s who still believe in the motto ‘If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.’” Of five programmatic focuses, Firedoll's Immigrant Issues and Human Rights program, as well as its Peace Process in the Middle East programs, are focused on security and human rights issues.

The Immigrant and Human Rights program has a restricted application process, and prioritizes organizations located in Contra Costa and Alameda, counties that form the Bay Area. This program supports organizations that provide legal aid to detained immigrants, asylum seekers and immigrants facing deportation.

Firedoll’s Peace Process in the Middle East program awards awards organizations that offer humanitarian assistance, economic development efforts, and civil society projects in the West Bank and Gaza. The foundation also funds groups that defend human rights of Palestinians living under occupation and those advocating to bring an end to the current occupation.

The foundation typically accepts letters of inquiry from January 1 to March 31 of each year. Its Peace Process in the Middle East requires new applicants to apply during the first quarter of each year, while returning grantees can submit a request for renewal funding at any time. Firedoll typically awards from $5,000 to $25,000 per organization, with a total of about $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 distributed during the fiscal year. According to its site, if you are new to Firedoll, tailor your request in the middle to low end of its grant range, depending on your need. 

PEOPLE:

  • Sandor Straus, President
  • Faye Straus, Vice President
  • Neil Sims, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Conservation, Middle East Peace and Immigration and Human Rights

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