Winston Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Winston Foundation predominately supports arts and culture, education, and human rights organizations.

IP TAKE: Smaller groups may have a difficult time gaining Winston's attention, but those located in and around the New York City area may have a better chance of securing funding. 

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation, the Winston Foundation is a quiet funder of human rights causes around the world. The Winston Foundation has no web presence, so information is a bit difficult to come by. Recent tax filings reveal that Winston largely supports arts and culture, education, and human rights organizations.

In the human rights space, Winston favors larger rights organizations that work both in the United States and abroad, such as the International Rescue Committee or Human Rights Watch. Regarding grassroots and local nonprofit support, Winston prefers funding organizations located in and around New York City. Grants generally range from about $10,000 to $100,000. Grants that specifically relate to human rights typically fall between $25,000 and $100,000.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, opting instead to take a proactive approach to its funding. Also, it appears this funder honors building relationships with grantees, often making awards over multiple years to the same organizations.

PEOPLE: 

  • Richard Rifkind, President
  • Jan Kurkowski, Treasurer
  • Lauri Levitt Friedland, Secretary 

CONTACT:

Winston Foundation
C/O Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
212-373-3000
Attention: Loretta Ippolito