Paul Singer Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Paul Singer Foundation focuses on peacebuilding and human rights in its global security grantmaking.

IP TAKE: Singer seeks out like-minded organizations that can serve up measurable results in the mid- and long-term.

PROFILE: The Paul Singer Foundation was established by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. The foundation seeks to support "[r]esearch and scholars in the areas of free-market economics, the rule of law, U.S. national security, and the future of Israel," as well as LGBT equality efforts and health-care delivery innovation." Subject to change, the foundation's website remains limited in its transparency and, as such, grant seekers are advised to check back often for any changes in grantmaking policy or focus. 

In the global security space, the Singer Foundation awards grants to organizations that advocate for peace building and for human rights; however, the foundation awards grants primarily to larger international organizations. Grants related to global security are relatively sizable, with most falling in the $50,000 to $500,000 range.

The Singer Foundation also actively supports LGBT marriage equality, but these efforts seem to be limited to New York for the time being. Singer is not one of the more accessible foundations as it seeks to "leverage its own philanthropic investments by partnering with proven nonprofits and like-minded donors.” In other words, the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or proposals.


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