Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation supports LGBTQ organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Chaiken offers funding for specific projects and for general operating expenses.

PROFILE: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation was founded in 1998 to “[s]upport the aims and purpose of Jewish life through social, cultural, and human needs programs.” The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one formal staff member. While the primary focus of Chaiken’s grantmaking is Jewish causes, its tax filings indicate an interest in supporting LGBTQ causes as well.

Chaiken grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to over $1 million; however, most grants typically from $5,000 to $50,000. Past LGBTQ grantees include the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which received a general operating support grant; and the Freedom to Marry Foundation, which also received a general operating support grant from Chaiken.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It’s tax filings also indicated that it tends to offer long-term support to its current grantees.


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Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation

2121 Allston Way, Suite 200

Berkeley, California 94270

(510) 839-2900