George Family Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The George Family Foundation’s women’s and girls’ empowerment strategy is still in its developmental stages. However, the foundation has already awarded a handful of grants in this space with an eye on overall women’s rights and empowerment, leadership, and anti-sex trafficking causes.  

IP TAKE: Overall, the foundation awards grants to organizations both big and small with a heavier focus on local and grassroots organizations. It also emphasizes dynamic leadership, something grantseekers should keep in mind when approaching this funder.  

PROFILE: The George Family Foundation was established in 1994 by Penny and Bill George as a vehicle for the family’s philanthropic endeavors. Based in Minneapolis, the foundation supports the communities in which the family lives and visits. While this family foundation remains firm in its mission to “[f]oster wholeness in mind, body, spirit and community by developing authentic leaders and supporting transformative programs,” it is fluid in its areas of strategic focus. 

The George Family Foundation is currently in the process of creating strategies and goals within a few emerging areas of grantmaking focus. One of those areas supports women and girls. While the foundation's strategies for its women and girls program is still under development, the foundation appears to support female leadership development agendas, anti-sex trafficking campaigns, and global women’s rights and empowerment programs. Grants in this emerging space range from $10,000 to around $50,000.

For now, the George Family Foundation is not accepting unsolicited applications for its women and girls grantmaking.


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