Solidago Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Solidago Foundation awards grants to organizations that support economic, environmental, and electoral justice for disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and marginalized populations around the world.

IP TAKE: Solidago funds progressive rights groups that build sustainable systemic change for increased social justice. Smaller organizations are supported. 

PROFILE: Joseph Rosenmiller earned his wealth building a chain of radio stations. Throughout his life, Joseph Rosenmiller gave generously to “[c]auses he felt traditional philanthropies largely ignored.” In 1994, he sold his stake in the radio business and, with his son David, established the Solidago Foundation, which devotes funding to righting the social injustices of the world.

Solidago's grantmaking varies widely as grants range from $5,000 to over $350,000. The majority of grants, however, range from $10,000 to $100,000. While Solidago supports a few large international rights organizations, the majority of grants are commonly awarded to small and grassroots organizations. 

Solidago’s funding strategy is ambiguous. Citing an undefined “cluster approach" to funding, the foundation funds grantees that are “[o]ften part of a network or collaboration of organizations that work effectively together.” Although the foundation does not explicitly disregard unsolicited applications, its lack of guidance on this front suggests that it does not accept them. Grant seekers may contact the foundation's staff members directly if they wish to discuss possible funding. 


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