OVERVIEW: The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation’s journalism grants generally focus on freedom of the press, human rights and social justice.
IP TAKE: Although this funder awards grants to organizations working across the United States, its main regions of geographic focus are Baltimore, New York and the DC Capital Region.
PROFILE: The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation is part of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group, an umbrella organization that operates the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation and the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation.
The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation is described as a “[f]amily foundation guided by the principle that people develop and flourish best when they enjoy fundamental civil and political rights and live in a safe and healthy environment.” Areas of funding interest include mitigating climate change, challenging institutionalized racism, and protecting the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S.
The Blaustein Foundation’s does not name journalism as one of its grantmaking priorities; however, it awards grants in this space.
Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past, the foundation has awarded journalism grants to organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, which received funding for its work promoting freedom of the press around the world; and the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which received a grant for its investigative journalism work. To learn more about the types of organization the Blaustein Foundation supports, explore its recent grants list.
Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals and requests for funding. Each of the foundations meet independently two to three times per year to discuss proposals and make funding decisions.
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