OVERVIEW: The Overbrook Foundation’s human rights grantmaking focuses on support for human rights defenders, and for organizations working in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBT rights, and gender equality.
IP TAKE: Overbrook tends to offer multiyear support to its current grantees, which means there is less funding room for new groups. The foundation does, however, encourage like-minded groups to contact program staff to discuss their work.
PROFILE: Established by Helen and Frank Altschul, the New York-based Overbrook Foundation’s Human Rights program is one of just two funding priorities for the foundation. Overbrook awards grants to groups in Latin America working to “defend human rights defenders at risk and advance gender rights,” and challenging “entrenched notions of U.S. exceptionalism.” This grantmaking prioritizes women’s reproductive justice and marriage equality for same-sex couples. More specifically, the foundation supports organizations offering legal help, training, rights advocacy, and psychosocial support for human rights defenders.
While the foundation’s global human rights support focuses on groups working in Latin America, Overbrook occasionally supports organizations that work at the international level. For example, Women’s Link Worldwide, a previous grantee, received funding for its international gender equality work.
Overbrook does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding from new organizations. However, it does encourage human rights groups to reach out to foundation staff to talk about their work.
- Stephen Foster, President and CEO
- Mary Grecco, Grants Manager and CFO
- Sarah Abelow, Program Officer, Human Rights