Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation: Grants for Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation seeks community organizations both large and small that work to secure healthcare, education, and rights for vulnerable children.

IP TAKE: Nearly all of this funder’s grants support organizations working with children in developing and least developed countries.

PROFILE: Dorothea Haus Ross established her foundation in 1997 “to support nonprofit organizations that seek to ensure basic needs and human rights including sustenance, education, healthcare and security to the most vulnerable children throughout the world.” The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation focuses its grantmaking on trafficked and exploited children, disabled children, and displaced and refugee children.

The foundation’s trafficked and exploited children program seeks organizations that combat child trafficking; help secure the release of children from their captors; and provide care and rehabilitation for victims.

The Ross Foundation’s rights work with disabled children focuses on providing care, emotional support, promoting dignity, and facilitating “the child’s active and full inclusion and participation in their home, school, and community.”

Ross only supports U.S. based organizations. Grants typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. An example of past grantee is Human Rights Watch, which received an award for its work protecting children from dangerous labor in the Philippines. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Ross supports, explore its grants made list.

The Ross Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does encourage grantseekers whose work closely aligns with its giving strategy to submit brief letters describing their work.


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