Karsten Family Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Karsten Family Foundation’s human rights giving largely supports the rights of women, girls and children. 

IP TAKE: This family foundation supports rights organizations both large and small, and tends to offer general operating support rather than project specific grants. 

PROFILE: Established in California in the early 1990s, the Karsten Family Foundation's grantmaking focuses, in part, on Jewish causes; however, this small family foundation also supports  human rights issues, albeit on a smaller scale. The Karsten Family Foundation keeps a low public profile, does not operate a website, and does not have a formal or paid staff. The foundation’s tax filings over the past few years show a focus on women, girls, and children.

Foundation-wide, Karsten’s grantmaking is fairly broad, ranging from Jewish causes to human rights giving. One growing area of focus is women's rights, specifically human trafficking and exploitation. In the past, Karsten has funded Plan International and D.C.-based Fair Girls, which works to prevent the global exploitation of girls.

Karsten Family Foundation grants typically range from about $1,000 to $15,000, and fund both small and large organizations. However, larger international groups tend to receive more funding. The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry.


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Karsten Family Foundation
P.O. Box 1371
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(707) 575-9416