Mize Family Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Mize Family Foundation’s human rights grantmaking largely centers around organizations that advocate and fight for women’s rights. Mize also supports groups that fight for the natural resource rights of marginalized and indigenous communities. International grants are typically geared toward developing countries.

IP TAKE: Mize is a grassroots-friendly funder that supports the voices of local communities. Potential grantees should highlight how their projects plan to do so, while also demonstrating how their work will act as a driver for social change.

PROFILE: Based in Seattle, Washington, the Mize Family Foundation supports organizations that promote environmental justice and empower young people and women to build s “[s]ense of urgency around the impacts of climate change on human life and wildlife communities.” Primarily known as a climate change and environmental conservation funder, the foundation's grantmaking also supports a variety of social and environmental justice efforts around the world. Although the foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking abroad, it focuses on fostering widespread social change in developing countries.

The foundation's human rights grantmaking mostly targets organizations advocating and fighting for women’s rights, but it also awards grants to groups that advance rights to land, water, and food. Foundation-wide, while Mize’s grantmaking has a strong environmental bent. An environmental focus is not necessarily a requirement for its rights-related grantmaking. Current grantmaking strategies include Innovative Media, Leadership Development, Community Empowerment and Human Rights.

Grants typically range from $15,000 to $20,000 with around 20 to 25 grants awarded each year. To learn more about the organizations receiving Mize Family Foundation support, explore its Grantees webpage. The foundation does not offer multi-year grants and does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.


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