Eaglemere Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Eaglemere Foundation tends to support environmental conservation, and global health and development concerns.

IP TAKE: Eaglemere largely gives to large international global health and development organizations, but smaller organizations should not hesitate to reach out to discuss funding, regardless of the particular health or development field they work in. Eaglemere tends to award general support grants rather than those of the project specific variety.

PROFILE: Based in Massachusetts, the Eaglemere Foundation was established by Marilyn and Jay Sarles. Marilyn and Jay Sarles are heavily involved in the environmental conservation community—Marilyn serves as the vice chair of the Massachusetts Board of Trustees at the Nature Conservancy—and a number of Eaglemere’s grants support conservation causes, often large national and international organizations like the World Wildlife Fund or Nature Conservancy. And it seems that the foundation’s global health and development giving follows the same brand name funding pattern. 

This is a smaller nonprofit that focuses its giving on two big priorities: environmental protection and global health and development. Although it maintains a website, it consists of a single page loosely outlining its grantmaking priorities and a short list of grantees.

Its recent tax filings reveal grantmaking in the $10,000 to $60,000 range, and generally, it backs only about 10 organizations. Unfortunately, these grants do not define specific global health or development focuses. Historically, it supports the general operations of large international groups such as Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. It does however, encourage grantseekers to reach out to its executive director Dan Sarles for more information and to discuss possible funding.

PEOPLE: 

  • Dan Sarles, Executive Director
  • Marilyn Sarles, President 

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