Morrison & Foerster Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Morrison & Foerster Foundation supports local, national, and international organizations conducting human rights work.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder typically awards general operating rather than project specific grants. Morrison & Foerster considers funding requests only if sponsored by Morrison & Foerster lawyers or staff. It does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. 

PROFILE: The partners at the law firm Morrison & Foerster established the Morrison & Foerster Foundation in 1986. According to Morrison & Foerster, its foundation is one of the oldest charitable foundations in the United States affiliated with a law firm. Main areas of grantmaking interest include helping disadvantaged children and providing pro bono legal services to low-income individuals. The foundation also supports organizations working in the fields of health, food, shelter, and the arts.

While human rights is not a named area of interest for the foundation’s grantmaking, its tax filings indicate an interest in this field. For example, past grantees include the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Human Rights Watch. Grants typically range between $5,000 and $50,000. To learn more about Morrison & Foerster Foundation grantees, explore its annual report.

The foundation only considers funding for organizations sponsored by Morrison & Foerster lawyers or staff. It is not currently accepted unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.