Samuel Rubin Foundation: Grants for Global Security and Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Samuel Rubin Foundation funds global security efforts in the fields of social, economic, political, civil and cultural rights.  

IP TAKE: Rubin gives small grants but progressive groups working on peace and human rights issues should get to know this accessible funder. 

PROFILE: Samuel Rubin emigrated to the U.S. from Bialystok, Russia (present-day Poland) as a boy, and later established the Spanish Trading Company. The company went dark after dictator Francisco Franco rose to power in Spain, but Rubin would go on to found Faberge Perfumes. Rubin sold Faberge for $25 million in 1963, dedicating a portion of the sale proceeds to establish the Samuel Rubin Foundation

Although the foundation supports work on a variety of global security and human rights issues, peace and nuclear security projects dominate. Remaining grants are awarded to a number of human rights groups including those that work toward securing women’s rights in vulnerable locations. To better assess if the Rubin Foundation is an appropriate fit for your project, see its grantees list.

While the Rubin Foundation is a flexible funder, accepting proposals on a rolling basis, most of its grants range from $5,000 to $10,000, no matter the organization or project.

The foundation prefers that grant seekers adhere to its deadlines, which are roughly slated for early May, September, and January. The Rubin Foundation does not limit grants on the basis of geography; however, international organizations must be sponsored by a U.S.-based organization with tax-exempt status. The foundation typically does not award more than one grant per fiscal year per organization. The foundation also features limited discretionary funds for smaller ‘emergency’ grants between board meetings. 


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