Milagro Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Milagro Foundation focuses its international funding on healthcare and education projects benefiting children in developing countries.

IP TAKE: The number of grants Milagro makes each year is connected to the sale of concert ticket donations, licensed products, and donations from the foundation's supporters. Grantseekers should keep this in mind as the foundation’s funding may fluctuate from year to year.

PROFILE: The Milagro Foundation, founded by musician Carlos Santana and his family in 1990s, is dedicated to improving the lives of underserved and vulnerable children in the U.S. and abroad. It believes that “children everywhere deserve to live a life with full access to proper healthcare and education,” and has funded since 2009. 

Milagro awards only a handful of global health grants annually, but its funding interests remain broad. As a result, it does not prioritize specific issues beyond healthcare and education. For instance, it's past grants have supported prevention, care, and support services for communities affected by HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa, as well as to art therapy programs in Haiti.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $20,000. Occasionally, it awards a $100,000 grant. To learn more about the types of organizations Milagro supports, explore its searchable grants database.

Although Milagro does not impose geographic restrictions on its funding, it appears to prioritize global health projects that operate in Haiti, Africa and Mexico. However, this simply reflects Milagro's past giving patterns, not its stipulations. The foundation has three funding cycles throughout the year, and each has a specific focus for each cycle. Global health grants are typically considered during Milagro’s winter funding cycle. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests at this time.

PEOPLE: 

  • Shelley Brown, Executive Director
  • Ruthie Moutafian, Associate Director

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