Susan and Donald Babson Charitable Foundation: Grants for LGBT

OVERVIEW: The Susan and Donald Babson Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of LGBT organizations in the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder generally awards single-year grants though it does consider a limited number of multi-year grants each year.

PROFILE: Established in 1995, the Boston, Massachusetts based Susan and Donald Babson Foundation focuses its grantmaking on “[t]he enrichment and empowerment of people of all ages around the world, so as to prevent exploitation, poverty, and injustice.”

The foundation’s Competitive Grant program supports likeminded nonprofits that seek to achieve this objective while its Discretionary Grant program supports organizations that reflect the interests of individual trustees and Babson family members.

Foundation-wide, grants generally range from $1,000 to $10,000 with the average grant amount around $2,500. While the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to LGBT organizations, Babson supports such causes. For example, in the past, the foundation has awarded grants to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. Astraea received an award for general operating support and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s grant went toward the costs of its current season. To learn more about the types of nonprofits the Babson Foundation supports and at what level, explore its Grants Awarded list.

The Babson Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and no longer requires grantseekers to submit a letter of inquiry. Grant applications are typically due by the end of February and the foundation disburses awards around mid-June.

PEOPLE:

  • Averill Babson, Trustee
  • James A. Babson, Trustee
  • Deborah E. Babson, Trustee
  • Michelle Jenney, Grants Administrator

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