Isabel Allende Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area and Women

OVERVIEW: The Isabel Allende Foundation focuses its grantmaking efforts are focused in Chile and California and in the areas of reproductive rights, economic empowerment, and freedom from violence.

FUNDING AREAS: Reproductive rights, economic empowerment, freedom from violence

IP TAKE: While the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, its website is accessible and has a contact page open to questions.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Isabel Allende Foundation is the foundation of Isabel Allende, who was born in Peru to Chilean parents in 1942. Raised in a family with political ties, Allende fled Chile for Venezuela and became an American citizen in the 1990s. Her first novel The House of the Spirits was a global bestseller. Allende established this foundation as a memorial to her daughter, Paula Frias, who died in 1992 at only 29. The Foundation seeks to “invest in the power of women and girls to secure reproductive rights, economic independence and freedom from violence.” Grantmaking interests are reproductive rights, economic empowerment, and freedom from violence.

The Isabel Allende Foundation’s efforts are almost exclusively focused on women and youth. One area of interest for the foundation in the Bay Area is reproductive rights and women's rights. Past money has gone to Centro Legal De La Raza in Oakland and the Global Fund for Women. The foundation also provides education and youth grants in the Bay Area. Past support has gone to 10,000 Degrees and 826 Valencia. Healthcare is another interest of the foundation in the Bay Area. Past support has gone to Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, Project Open Hand, and Shanti Project. Finally, funds have gone to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, KQED, and the SF-Marin Food Bank.

The bulk of grants are between $1,000 and $10,000 with several recurring grants around $30,000, depending on annual income. View a list of past grants on the funder’s website. A component of the Foundation's grantmaking involves organizations that work on a global level. Some of this philanthropy involves organizations in the Bay Area. While the foundation aims to serve both Chile and California, a large number of grantees have come from the Bay Area.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 415-332-1313 or


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