Gere Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Gere Foundation's humanitarian and disaster relief funding goes to efforts related to Tibet and efforts to integrate refugee programs in developing countries to foster long-term stability of local communities, among other concerns. 

IP TAKE: The Gere Foundation does not offer a straightforward avenue of contact so grantseekers should prepare to network their way in. 

PROFILE: The Gere Foundation, established by actor and activist Richard Gere, is perhaps best known for its support of the Tibetan community and the Dalai Lama. However, it also supports other humanitarian and refugee causes around the world by providing “relief assistance in times of crisis around the world,” while at the same time working to “alleviate immediate needs resulting from catastrophic events.” This includes integrating refugee programs in developing countries in order to foster the long-term stability of local communities.

The foundation's humanitarian grants support an array of refugee-related issues. The foundation may prioritize giving to Tibet, but supports other causes around the world. Grants range from $500 to $40,000. Tax filings suggest that this funder prioritizes small and local organizations. For instance, grantees include the Global Orphan Project and Survival International. However, larger organizations such as Oxfam and Earth Institute have managed to secure funding.  

The Gere Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It also does not fund individuals, capital campaigns, for-profit groups or film projects.

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