Greenbaum Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Greenbaum Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on improving world health overall with an emphasis on promoting “[w]hole foods plant-based diets.”

IP TAKE: This funder seeks innovative and efficient organizations with dynamic and involved leadership.  

PROFILE: Though the Greenbaum Foundation was not operational until 1999, founder Jim Greenbaum left the corporate world to establish his nonprofit in 1991. The focus at the foundation is to “[b]ring about an end to suffering (human and non-human) in areas of the highest need where the mainstream organizations are not heavily involved,” and where the foundation can have the most impact. Areas of grantmaking interest include human health, animal advocacy and plant based nutrition, documentaries, human rights and trafficking and promoting philanthropy.

While the foundation’s emphasis on plant-based diets sounds rather narrow, Greenbaum does not limit its grantmaking in this regard. Past grantees in the global health space include the Prevention Medicine Research Institute and Operation Fistula. On a smaller scale, the foundation supports mental health organizations such as Team Rubicon and Strong Minds: Mental Health Africa. To learn more about the foundation’s philanthropic contributions to global health organizations, explore its grants list.

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to about $100,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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