OVERVIEW: The Wild Geese Foundation supports organizations that provide safe havens for LGBTI individuals.
IP TAKE: This funder supports progressive organizations all across the United States. It prioritizes small, grassroots organizations over established ones.
PROFILE: In 2009, Sara Whitman and her sister founded the Two Sisters and a Wife Foundation. After her sister passed, Sara decided the original name of the foundation no longer fit. She decided to change the name to the Wild Geese Foundation based on the Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese.” Wild Geese seeks to “defend human rights and promote environmental justice.” The foundation prioritizes grantmaking to organizations that are committed to creating a fair and just society and environmental causes.
Wild Geese prefers a broad-approach to giving rather than dedicating itself to distinct programs; however, it supports LGBTI through its commitment to a “creat[ing] a safe space for all from cradle to grave.”
This is a small family foundation that awards approximately $600,000 in grants each year. The average grant is $10,000. Most grants range from $2,500 to $15,000. To get a sense of the types of organizations Wild Geese supports, explore its grants list.
Wild Geese supports smaller, local, and grassroots groups in its grantmaking and does not offer its support to large scale, national organizations. The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Deadlines for submissions are May 15 and October 15 each year.
Wild Geese does not accept applications for international funding at this time.
- Sara Whitman, Founder and Executive Director
- Sue Hyde, Director