Heising-Simons Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Heising-Simons’ human rights grants focus on women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented communities.

IP TAKE: This funders’ global human rights work typically centers on women and girls. Its support of projects for individuals involved in the criminal justice and undocumented communities tends to go to organizations located in the United States.

PROFILE: Based in Los Altos, California, the Heising-Simons Foundation was founded in 2007 to advance sustainable climate and clean energy solutions, enhance innovative scientific research, foster quality educations for young students, and fight for the rights of all people.

In the human rights space, Heising-Simons is dialed into supporting long-term, sustainable changes that advance equal rights in political, social, and economic matters for people in the United States and abroad. The foundation says it takes an “intersectional approach to this work,” and pays particular attention to “undocumented communities, people impacted by the justice system, and women and girls.”

The majority of Heising-Simons’ human rights related grants fall in the $15,000 to $100,000 range. The foundation also makes a handful of larger awards of $150,000 to $400,000.

The foundation offers both project specific and general operating support grants. For example, Human Rights Watch is a past grantee, having received support for its programs in criminal justice and immigration in the U.S., and women’s rights programs worldwide. As well, the Fund for Global Human Rights has received grants for general support in the past.

To get a broader sense of the organizations and work funded by Heising-Simons, explore the foundation’s searchable grants database.

Heising-Simons does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, proposals or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

Deanna Gomby, President and CEO

Justine Choy, Program Officer, Human Rights

Chhandasi Pandya Patel, Program Officer, Education and Human Rights

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