Global health funders are keenly aware of how poor health detrimentally affects developing countries around the globe. Some of the world's most deadly diseases are also the most preventable and treatable. People regularly die from illnesses like diarrhea and those caused by parasites, not because treatments don't exist, but because they don't have access to things like clean water, vaccinations, and healthcare clinics. Meanwhile, basic needs often go unmet in areas like reproductive health.
Funders in this space take a wide range of approaches, including researching new vaccines, bolstering systems for healthcare delivery, and providing new medical technology. We are closely tracking what global health funders are doing and our learning is captured in this guide. All the profiles of funders and program officers here are updated regularly. Only paid subscribers can access this resource (subscribe here).
This funder's global health investments support water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) largely in sub-Saharan Africa.
Abbott favors organizations expanding access to healthcare, maternal and child health, noncommunicable diseases, HIV/AIDS and improving nutrition in underserved regions of the world.
AbbVie mostly partners with large organizations working on HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, sustainable healthcare infrastructure, and improving access to quality healthcare.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s global health tend to focus on disease outbreaks and pandemics.
Also known as the Foundation for AIDS Research, amfAR devotes its global funding to research, advocacy, and treatment of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.
Makes a small number of grants annually, often for health issues such as HIV/AIDS; focuses on Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh.
This foundation's global health investments support vaccines in Latin America.
The Cameron and Jane Bird Foundation awards grants to support a variety of global health organizations working around the world.
A modest funder in the global health field, Bancker-Williams favors grassroots groups working in the fields of reproductive health and medical and supply delivery.
The philanthropic arm of the global healthcare product company, this is a good grantmaker to know for NGOs focused on providing quality basic healthcare to vulnerable populations.
The BD Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on widespread immunization campaigns, healthcare worker safety, and outreach projects that educate and raise awareness of pandemic diseases. Specific disease interests include HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes, immunizations and infectious diseases.
This small family foundation supports groups concerned with population control and reproductive health. Bergstrom focuses its funding on organizations working in Latin America.
This low-profile family foundation is a little tough to reach and doesn't specify funding areas, but steadily supports medical supply and healthcare delivery programs.
Bristol Myers-Squibb invests in diabetes and cancer relief in central and eastern Europe and hepatitis relief in Asia. It also makes grants for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Campbell and Hall Charity Fund concentrates its global health grantmaking on reproductive health concerns.
The Bohemian Foundation dedicates its funding to organizations addressing some of the most entrenched global challenges related to health, poverty and the environment.
Cabot takes a broad approach to grantmaking in the global health field. Despite not having distinct global health grantmaking programs, Cabot appears to prioritize projects, programs, and organizations that focus on children’s health.
The CRDF's global health grants encourage collaborative research on an international scale that addresses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.
This foundation focuses its grantmaking on clean and safe drinking water in regions of the world stricken by natural disaster.
Hilton's global health giving supports NGOs working in the areas of children impacted by HIV/AIDS and avoidable blindness prevention.
A small, accessible funder focusing global health grantmaking on food security, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health.
The Eleanor Crook Foundation seeks organizations that prioritize ending hunger and poverty.
Focuses on psychosocial services for those living in conflict areas, community health centers, and providing decentralized preventative and emergency care to local communities in developing countries.
DDCF devotes its global health dollars to medical research and strengthening health systems that link workforce training directly with primary healthcare delivery.
Deerfield focuses its global health grantmaking on children’s health and access to healthcare services in vulnerable communities.
Rather than dedicating itself to specific global health priorities, Donner chooses an open, broad approach. It tends to support organizations that reflect a capacity for wide-reaching impact.
Eaglemere’s global health grants typically fund environmental protection, global health, and global development concerns.
Elmo takes a broad-based approach to its global health funding and supports groups working in a variety of health fields, including maternal health, water and sanitation, and medical supply and care delivery.
EJAF is a longtime funder of global health work related to HIV/AIDS and makes grants to organizations serving marginalized and vulnerable populations, including key groups with a higher risk of contracting HIV.
EMpower funds programs for at-risk children and young people aged 10 to 24. Its global health giving backs health education, HIV prevention, nutrition, and positive youth socialization.
This funder supports organizations advocating for safe pregnancy, childbirth, and access to quality maternal healthcare in the U.S. and abroad.
ExxonMobil awards grants toward the treatment of malaria, devoting its global health dollars to prevention and eradication projects in Asia and Africa.
This funder gives smallish global health grants to community-based organizations fighting HIV/AIDS in specific regions of sub-Saharan Africa. A great friend to grassroots groups.
Awards grants to groups promoting maternal health and wellness, women’s healthcare, education, and access to clean water in developing countries.
In recent years, most global health grants from Flextronics have funded education and community-building projects around the world.
Ford makes grants to sexual and reproductive health rights projects with an eye on empowering marginalized populations. This could change, however, as Ford is restructuring its grantmaking to focus on global inequality in all forms.
Gates is a leading force in global health and makes numerous grants to organizations working in disease prevention and treatment, discovery and translational sciences, maternal and child health, and family planning services.
The GE Foundation works in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and partners closely with health ministries. The foundation emphasizes projects to improve technological capacities in hospitals and health centers around the world.
This charitable arm of a biotech company focuses its international grantmaking on disease prevention efforts predominantly in Africa and South America. Gives both in-kind support and grants.
Grants to projects providing sexual and reproductive healthcare and contraceptives for women in least-developed countries. A good source for smaller outfits that can do a lot with a modest grant.
Global Fund awards grants to projects fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Would-be grantees will have to coordinate with country-based points of contact about program priorities.
This funder makes relatively small grants to a wide range of women-run NGOs working on the provision and development of reproductive health services, advocacy and education, especially in Africa and Asia.
This community-based funder awards grants to support female-centered projects in community, occupational, and environmental health.
This low-profile outfit tends to award multi-year grants to large international organizations mounting generalized global health campaigns. Grants typically range from $75,000 to $200,000.
Good Ventures is a huge supporter of pressing global health challenges. Favors projects related to malnutrition and the prevention and treatment of specific diseases.
The Greenbaum Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on improving world health overall with an emphasis on promoting “[w]hole foods plant-based diets.”
Green Park focuses it grantmaking efforts on combating neglected tropical diseases, preventing fistula, and fighting female genital mutilation.
Helmsley focuses its global grants on food security, nutrition, WASH, education, and neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
This top foundation makes grants to global health projects related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Hewlett also funds projects engaging the broader issues of women's empowerment that surround this area.
This low-profile family foundation doesn't have a global health program, but awards modest grants to U.S.-based global health outfits operating in poor countries around the world.
Focuses on significant global health concerns related to pervasive diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. The foundation also makes grants to support healthcare capacity-building efforts.
Supports scientists, clinicians, doctors and young investigators fighting infectious diseases.
This funder’s global health-related grantmaking favors poverty alleviation, medical care, and hunger relief concerns in developing countries.
This is an approachable WASH funder, although grant amounts tend to be pretty modest.
This Texas foundation makes grants to organizations fighting infectious diseases in the developing world. The foundation's primary disease prevention area relates to problems surrounding parasitic worms.
IPPF awards grants to make sexual and reproductive health services safe and accessible. Most grants go to affiliate organizations, but it occasionally awards small grants to support complementary projects.
Offers one small grantmaking program as well as two fellowships for young scientists who are studying some of the world’s most infectious diseases.
Stern doesn’t award a ton of global health grants annually. The ones it does award typically go toward projects in social services, physical health and mental health.
Izumi seeks out organizations bringing innovative solutions to decrease infectious disease occurrences in high-burden countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Jephcott Charitable Trust funds a wide range of global health projects.
The Jochnick Foundation supports global health organizations that work with people living in developing countries.
This funder devotes its global health dollars to expanding reproductive health services for women and girls, eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and combating fistula.
The David and Anita Keller Foundation awards grants to organizations supporting access to basic physical and mental healthcare and increased government and corporate accountability for human rights violations.
The Kimberly-Clark Foundation does not focus on a single global health challenge, focusing instead on problems and regions of the world that present the most acute need.
Funds organizations working on women's rights and empowerment around the world, placing special emphasis on projects occurring in conflict areas.
Focuses on improving access to clean water and sanitation to improve the health and livelihoods of poor and disadvantaged populations in developing countries.
Primarily funds large international organizations that provide information about sex, reproduction, contraception and abortion to young women; infrequently supports smaller groups. Also gives postdoc fellowships.
While not a huge global health funder, the Levi Strauss Foundation does support international HIV/AIDS work, particularly projects with a human rights angle.
While mainly working in the U.S., gives global grants for health care access, tuberculosis prevention, hunger relief, and disease prevention and treatment.
One of the 17 Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Linbury's global health grants go toward humanitarian aid in developing countries, often through support for hospitals and health centers. Palestine is a primary area of interest.
A charitable project of the MAC cosmetics line, the fund gives numerous grants to global health projects around the world that empower marginalized groups affected by HIV/AIDS.
This small family foundation supports organizations improving the health and health outcomes of children living in developing countries around the world.
Main areas of interest include improved ethics in healthcare delivery, access to affordable healthcare, and innovation. Favors larger and better-known organization in its grantmaking.
The trust supports organizations that take a broad approach towards the improvement of global health in least developed countries.
Most of MCJ Amelior's global health grants fund large international groups, with fewer to local and grassroots groups. Spreads giving over a broad range of interests.
The charitable arm of the medical device company, the foundation makes global health grants toward preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
The charitable arm of the pharmaceutical company focuses its grantmaking on hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, vaccines, and building healthcare worker capacity in developing countries.
Milagro focuses its international grantmaking on healthcare and education projects benefiting children in developing countries.
The Morgan Stanley International Foundation's global health grantmaking focuses on children’s health.
A family funder, this foundation supports a range of global health concerns in low-income countries.
The Mulago Foundation supports both for profit and nonprofit organizations working in the health space, which it funds more broadly.
The New Prospect Foundation supports larger global health organizations working around the world.
Backs projects promoting access to family planning information, services and supplies, as well as tobacco control. More of a donor-advised fund than a traditional grantmaker.
Open Society's health grantmaking focus is empowering people stigmatized because of their sexual practices, sexual orientation, or gender identity, as well as expanding access to reproductive health services.
A small but approachable foundation, Overbrook is good to know if you're working to improve healthcare access and promote women's rights in countries where medical services and social supports are lacking.
The Packard Foundation makes global health grants to organizations improving reproductive health services, access, and policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Panaphil doesn’t cite specific global health grantmaking priorities, but it tends to support groups providing healthcare for vulnerable people around the world.
This low-profile funder supports a broad range of global health concerns including sexual and reproductive health rights and social services programs.
The Pershing Square Foundation supports global health organizations around the world.
Grantmaking focus areas include improving the health and health outcomes of vulnerable children. Funding preference is given to groups working in east and southeast Asia.
This foundation prefers a broad approach toward its global health grantmaking.
Supports groups promoting healthy hygiene habits in an effort to prevent sanitation-related illnesses in regions of the world in which the company has business operations.
This modest funder favors organizations working in the fields of women’s health and maternal and child health.
Global grantmaking is concerned with sexual and reproductive health information and services, and to a lesser degree, access to clean water; relatively modest grants often go to smaller and grassroots groups.
The Royal Society seeks innovative projects and individuals working across disciplines to find tropical medicine and improve global health.
Global health grants from this small funder mainly go toward nutrition programs abroad and in the U.S.
The Schooner Foundation’s international grants fund human rights, peace-building, global security, and economic opportunity.
This low-profile funder awards grants to global health outfits working in marginalized and disadvantaged populations in developing and least-developed countries.
Makes a decent number of global health grants each year, which are awarded to projects that treat and prevent HIV/AIDS in countries on all continents of the globe, but especially in Africa.
Global health grants go to outfits promoting access to healthcare services and technology, integrated healthcare models, and access to clean water and sanitation. Favors large organizations with large-scale resources.
Backed by MTV, this foundation exclusively supports youth-led HIV prevention projects.
This is a top private funder of sexual and reproductive health and rights work worldwide, with funding emphasis on Latin America, Mexico, South America, and Africa.
The Tara Health Foundation mainly seeks global health organizations improving the health of women and girls.
The Meyer Family Foundation does not name specific global health grantmaking priorities but tends to back large international health organizations working in developing countries around the world.
Low-profile funder accepts unsolicited funding requests from outfits providing basics like food, healthcare and medicine to vulnerable populations around the world; seems to prefer grassroots organizations.
A small, but approachable, global health funder that supports a diverse range of global health concerns.
Funder focuses on improving the health and safety of those affected by logistics-related activities.
The quiet corporate giver mostly supports development and health projects.
This approachable funder makes modest grants in the uncrowded field of palliative medical and psychological care for children and adults in Africa who suffer from life-limiting and painful illness, including HIV/AIDS.
This corporate funder focuses its global health grants on maternal and newborn health, child care, and community health.
The Verizon Foundation takes a broad approach to health funding and prefers to invest in a variety of diseases.
ViiV focuses its global health grantmaking on HIV/AIDS-related work, particularly in overlooked populations such as sex workers and men who have sex with men. Viiv also awards grants to groups working on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The Vitol Foundation focuses its global health-related grants on access to quality healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as, Universal Healthcare Access.
The charitable arm of bottled water company VOSS of Norway supports organizations that provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa.
The Wagner Foundation supports global health efforts in resource poor and rural communities around the world.
Wallace Genetics Foundation's global health grants support sustainable agriculture, water, hygiene and sanitation, and global health advocacy.
Awards grants toward women’s rights and empowerment projects, including those related to sexual and reproductive health rights and ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and cutting.
This small Virginia-based foundation awards grants to mostly U.S.-based organizations delivering reproductive services and advocating for reproductive health rights in developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Provides mostly modest support for global health causes, generally related to clean water initiatives. Its biggest regular gifts have gone to a single longtime grantee.
Quiet funder tends to support the same global health organizations each year, with occasional new grantees. Open to both large and small grantseekers.