Absolute Return for Kids: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) global health grantmaking focuses predominantly on giving to HIV/AIDS and diarrhea prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. 

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should be ready to embrace the principles of transparency, accountability, and measurable results. 

PROFILE: ARK is an international children's charity based in the United Kingdom. It was co-founded by hedge fund financiers Paul Marshall, Ian Wace and Arpad Busson of the EIM Group. Ian Wallace, one of the wealthiest individuals in the U.K., chairs the foundation's board. Although the foundation prioritizes giving to improving children's education, it’s giving in global health focuses on giving to organizations that work in disease prevention and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. ARK focuses on this geographic area because more children die before age five in sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region in the world, and one-third of these deaths occur within the first month of life. 

The foundation prioritizes its global health grants on HIV/AIDS care and treatment work in Mozambique and South Africa, as well as diarrhea prevention in Zambia. According to ARK, Mozambique has the “second highest rate of new adult HIV infections in the world,” and in Zambia, the deaths of 40 children per day are attributable to diarrhea. 

Prospective grantees should expect heavy competition for ARKs global health grants. If grantseekers are interested in working with Ark, please note that you must contact the foundation directly to inquire.  

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