OVERVIEW: Wallace’s global health grants are about $100,000 or less, but the fund also makes many grants each cycle.
IP TAKE: The Wallace Fund seeks potentially transformative global health organizations that predominately address women’s human rights and empowerment.
PROFILE: Established in 1959, the Wallace Global Fund was created by the former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace. The fund is a Philanthropy’s Promise signatory, which means that it has committed to allocating at least 25 percent of its grantmaking towards vulnerable and marginalized communities. The fund seeks to "promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends." To support it's mission, the fund embraces transformative change, movement building, powerful constituencies, training leaders, and global reach. It invests in challenging corporate power, defending and renewing democracy, the environment, promoting truth and freedom in the media, and women's human rights and empowerment.
Wallace's global health grantmaking focuses on women’s rights and empowerment. The program seeks to:
- Advance and defend global reproductive health and rights against mounting threats
- Support organizations that promote the global “abandonment” of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C)
- Seek deeper understanding and action on the intersecting issues affecting women in the global economy
Most of the fund’s global health grants are under $100,000. Wallace seeks organizations that work toward transformative and catalytic change in their respective fields. It funds many grants each year. To learn more about the types of organizations Wallace supports, examine its grantee database. Although Wallace does not accept unsolicited proposals, it invites prospective grantees to submit a brief letter of inquiry via its online application system.
- Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director
- Susan Gibbs, Advisor, Women’s Empowerment and Rights