Irving S. and Alwyn N. Johnson Family Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Irving S. and Alwyn N. Johnson Family Foundation typically awards grants to large international organizations that fight for human rights, battle human trafficking, and combat gender inequality.

IP TAKE: The Johnson Foundation tends to award small grants to large groups. But, this seems to be a rather approachable funder that may be well-suited for organizations that have the ability to impact issues in a profound way through limited resources.

PROFILE: Founded in 1997, the Irving S. and Alwyn Johnson Family Foundation tends to direct its domestic grants to organizations operating in the states of Florida, Indiana and Maine; however, the Johnson Foundation does not geographically restrict its grantmaking abroad. The foundation typically supports human rights groups that fight for the rights of some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations around the world. Johnson also supports groups that fight for gender equality, combat human trafficking, and fight for indigenous rights.

The Johnson Family Foundation maintains a low public profile, and thus, has no web presence.  Available information regarding the foundation is sparse; however, its tax filings reveal that the Johnson Foundation is a modest grantmaker that tends to make smaller awards to a variety of organizations. Its grants range from about $1,000 to $3,000. 

The Johnson Foundation’s tax filings do not explicitly state that it does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications; however, it appears to support the same human rights organizations for multiple years. That said, there is no harm in likeminded organizations reaching out and introducing themselves should they feel their work aligns with the Johnson Foundation’s giving priorities.

Grantseekers should be aware that the foundation lists two addresses, one in Florida and one in Indiana. Both are provided below.


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Irving S. and Alwyn N. Johnson Family Foundation
4601 Rue Belle Mer
Sanibel, Florida 33957
(239) 472-4782

Irving S. and Alwyn N. Johnson Family Foundation
6141 North Sherman Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
(317) 257-6178