OVERVIEW: The International Foundation supports projects in the Global South, and focuses on health, water and sanitation, and food security.
IP TAKE: This foundation is a viable funder for small organizations that can deliver sustainable and measurable results.
PROFILE: Established in 1948, the International Foundation seeks to "fund U.S.-based non-profit organizations that partner with poor communities in the developing world to improve their health, education and incomes, while strengthening local capacity to sustain their benefits." It invests in projects that support health, nutrition, water and sanitation, and food security in the Global South. It also invests in the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, including West, Central and East Asia, as well as Oceania.
Grantseekers should keep in mind that while the foundation supports NGOs working in a number of Global South countries, it will not support those working in regions of active conflict, chronic instability, or where natural disasters have recently occurred. These restrictions effectively eliminate a significant group of countries within its regions of focus—especially in Africa and the Middle East. It prioritizes projects that affect women and girls. It's grantmaking approach offers grants for one grant cycle.
The foundation limits its grant to $25,000. For a closer look at the types of NGOs and projects the International Foundation funds, examine its grantee list. International accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year.
- Frank Madden, President and Trustee
- Kathy Gaiser, Grants Administrator