Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation funds organizations that work to protect the rights of Jewish people and other minorities as well as those advocating for human rights of people living in the Global South.

IP TAKE: Blaustein funds a mix of human rights causes. This is one of the more approachable funders out there, so grant seekers working in some of the more uncrowded spaces of human rights fields should not hesitate to reach out to the foundation.

PROFILE: The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, an affiliate of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, functions independently of other Blaustein foundations. Each foundation is independently governed and supports different geographic priorities. At the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, those priorities include protecting the rights of Jewish people and minorities, as well as advocacy in the Global South. Founder Jacob Blaustein spearheaded the creation of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights post, established more than two decades after his death. 

The Blaustein Foundation aims to provide human rights grantmaking that “advance[s] fundamental human rights,” particularly for women, refugees and asylum seekers. The foundation also supports leadership development, capacity building, and training across a wide range of human rights issues, including but not limited to reproductive health and gender-based violence. 

Blaustein also gives to organizations that promote the rights of Jewish people. In particular, it funds programs that help Jews living in Negev, or what the foundation identifies as “a historically disadvantaged area” of Israel. 

Although each of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group’s foundations are independent of one another, some of their grantmaking priorities cross over.  In the case of human rights giving, both the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein and the Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundations award grants to various human rights programs. The Blaustein Group helpfully identifies which foundation might best suit your needs. 

To gain a better understanding of the types of projects Blaustein funds, you can look over the foundation’s current grantee list

The Blaustein Philanthropic Group accepts unsolicited proposals across its foundations and encourages grant seekers to address their proposals to the president of the foundation to which they are applying. For grantees that are uncertain which of the foundations best suits the work they propose, it is acceptable to apply to several foundations.

PEOPLE: 

  • Michael J. Hirschhorn, President
  • Betsy F. Ringel, Executive Director 
  • Brenda Bodenheimer Zlatin, Senior Program Officer, Jewish Life, Israel, and Human Rights 

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