Foundation for a Just Society: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for a Just Society funds a number of grassroots organizations that seek to fill funding gaps in human rights matters related to marginalized women, girls, and LGBTI people.

IP TAKE: This foundation supports small organizations establishing themselves in the human rights space.

PROFILE: The Foundation for a Just Society was established in 2011 to “[s]upport innovative, intersectional, grassroots strategies that meet immediate needs while igniting long-term, structural change in communities and regions that have been overlooked by philanthropy." To fulfill this end, the foundation supports the intersectional global advancement of human rights, targeting marginalized women, girls, LGBTI people, land rights, healthcare, climate change and migration. Like several large foundations that have joined the gendered turn in philanthropic giving, Just Society supports organizations that work to fill funding gaps in gender equality and justice. 

In brief, Just Society takes a "field-led" approach to its grantmaking, which is based on building lasting relationships, transparency, and accountability. They seek to "[d]evelop a cohort of long-term grantees that work at the intersections of multiple issues and fill critical gaps in local, national, regional and global movements to advance the human rights of marginalized girls, women and LGBTQI people." In other words, Just Society emphasizes the "power imbalance" between funders and grantees by empowering community members to create sustainable and intersectional, long-term solutions at the local level.  

The Foundation for a Just Society awards single and multi-year grants that range from $10,000 to about $250,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or fund individuals, partisan organizations, and lobbying efforts. Although the foundation does not fund emergency or disaster relief efforts alone, it funds organizations in that provide such relief as long as the work also falls neatly into one of Just Society’s areas of grantmaking interest.

Just Society's grantmaking regions include the Southeast United States and New York, South and Southeast Asia, Francophone West Africa, and Central America.  


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