Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation typically awards grants to larger rights groups operating projects on a global scale.

IP TAKE: Historically, Wiener does not typically support local and grassroots rights groups. This could be for a number of reasons, but impact and scale seem to be high priorities.

PROFILE: The New York-based Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation appears to prioritize higher education; however, Wiener also funds human rights groups working around the world. 

The foundation supports only a handful of human rights groups each year, so competition is palpable. Grants in this area typically range from $5,000 to $100,000. Wiener tends to back larger international rights organizations each year rather than local or grassroots groups.

Recent tax filings suggest Wiener favors large international rights groups, such as the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights First, both of which are past grantees.

Information about Wiener is limited considering it does not operate a website or employ a paid staff. So, reaching foundation decision makers may prove difficult for new grantseekers.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or requests for funding. While Wiener supports a number of organizations year after year, its grantees list reflects newcomers, as well. 


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