OVERVIEW: The Henry M. Jackson Foundation approaches global security through the wider lens of human rights issues related to U.S. foreign policy making. The foundation is particularly focused on bridging the gap between foreign policy makers and academia.
IP TAKE: The Jackson Foundation is seeking out the next generation of thought leaders in the seemingly ever-changing landscape of global security, especially in the matters of human rights, basic freedoms, and advancing democracy.
PROFILE: Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson spent 43 years working in public service, first as a U.S. congressman, and later, as a senator. During his lifetime, Jackson was committed to a number of social and political issues including advancing democracy and advocating for international peace and security. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation was established in 1983 to continue the “unfinished” work of the late Senator Jackson. The foundation works in four program areas: human rights, public service, international affairs, and the environment.
The Jackson Foundation’s International Affairs Education program's primary mission is to "[a]dvance education, scholarship, and public understanding of historical developments and current issues.” Particular geographic areas of focus for this program include the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.
In efforts to strengthen the relationship between academia and foreign policymakers, the foundation also supports its Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, which is considered a “top funding priority;” however, the Jackson Foundation also awards grants to public programs through its Strategic Initiatives within its International Affairs Education program. Main areas of interest include advocating for human rights in Russia and building an increasingly democratic post-Soviet society, as well as advocating for foreign policy as it relates to the U.S.-Asian geopolitical landscape.
Grants from this foundation range from $10,000 to $50,000. Few grassroots organizations appear on the foundation's featured grantees list. The foundation is one of the more approachable global security funders out there, as it accepts unsolicited applications via its website. Applicants that are invited to submit a full proposal should be aware of the Jackson Foundation’s deadlines, which generally fall on the first of February, May, August, and November.
Finally, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation should not be confused with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
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