Lalor Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Boston-based Lalor Foundation focuses its global health grantmaking on access to sexual and reproductive health information, including objective information about contraception and abortion. The main beneficiary population of Lalor’s grantmaking in this space is young women.

IP TAKE: Lalor tends to support larger international organizations rather than local or grassroots groups. However, this is an approachable funder and smaller organizations sometimes appear on Lalor’s funding list each year.

PROFILE: Throughout her life, Anna Lalor Burdick advocated for the rights of women and girls. The Lalor Foundation’s giving follows much of Anna Lalor Burdick’s women’s rights philosophies. However, the foundation’s philosophy is much more pointed, focusing on empowering women “through education about health reproduction in order to enhance their life options.”

The foundation’s grantmaking prioritizes young women in order to provide them with adequate access to sexual and reproductive health information, including unbiased information about contraception and abortion.

Grants are awarded through the foundation’s Anna Lalor Burdick Grants Program and range from $10,000 to $35,000, with most, according to the foundation, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. Lalor does not impose geographic restrictions in its grantmaking. It does however, only award grants to U.S.-based organizations, even if the work they are conducting takes place abroad. To learn more about the types of organizations supported through the grants program, explore the foundation’s Past Grantees page.

Incidentally, Lalor also has a Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which awards $50,000 stipends to scholars to further research in “mammalian reproductive biology as related to the regulation of fertility.”

The Lalor Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding via the submission of a concept paper. Concept applications must be received by November 1 to be eligible for consideration at the board’s December meeting and May 1 to be considered at the June meeting.

While current grantees are invited to reapply for funding, the Lalor Foundation does not give multiyear grants from the outset. In other words, grants are awarded for one year and those seeking funding for additional years must reapply. Finally, the Lalor Foundation’s grantmaking is managed through the philanthropic services company, GMA Foundations.

PEOPLE: 

  • Cynthia Patterson, President

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