OVERVIEW: The Wallace Fund awards grants to likeminded groups concerned with key trends that threaten global security, such as the rise of corporatocracy, ecological collapse, women’s rights, government oppression, and the imbalance of power between government organizations and NGOs.
IP TAKE: Wallace is an approachable funder that seeks groups with the potential to affect transformative and catalytic change. Wallace offers project-specific and general operating support grants
PROFILE: The Wallace Global Fund was established in 1996 when the Wallace Genetic Foundation splintered into three, separate foundations. Founded by progressive politician and businessman Henry A. Wallace, the foundation remains loyal to his commitment “to using the power and prestige of the United States to help the peoples of the world, not their exploiters and rulers.”
The foundation’s grantmaking strategies are shaped by key trends that threaten global security including the rise of corporatocracy, ecological collapse, women's rights, governmental oppression, and the imbalance of power between government organizations and NGOs. Within each of the fund’s key, strategic trends, the fund prioritizes several crosscutting themes in its grantmaking, which grantseekers should study closely. Wallace envisions a "fossil-free future" by supporting a variety of activities, programs and initiatives designed to mitigate the effects of natural resource depletion and system collapse, which are known factors contributing to climate change.
Grants range from $20,000 to $100,000. Wallace offers support at the local, national and international levels. The foundation invests in programs that create sustainable systems; it specifically seeks bold, dynamic programs that push the envelope and active in trying to shape government policies surrounding climate change. Past climate change grantees include Friends of the Earth (FOE), the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Safe Climate Campaign among many others.
The Wallace Global Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals, but it does invite prospective grantees to submit a short letter of inquiry via its online application system.
- Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director
- Susan Gibbs, Advisor, Women’s Empowerment and Rights
- Allison Barlow, Director, Democracy and Media
- Richard Mott, Director for Environment