OVERVIEW: The Zegar Family Foundation awards broad-based global health grants and does not seem to focus on specific health issues.
IP TAKE: Zegar tends to support the same organizations each year. While there seems to be some room for new grantees, grantseekers will have to network and contact the foundation.
PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Zegar Family Foundation is a quiet funder of global health projects around the world. According to the foundation’s website, it seeks to “give back by improving the lives of others and enhancing the communities around us.” It gives in eight areas, but through its International program, supports groups working in healthcare, science, medicine and human rights. The foundation is also open to groups that work for “other compelling causes throughout the world.”
The foundation’s website does not offer an abundance of information. However, recent tax filings reveal support for both big and small organizations. For example, Zegar has supported Doctors Without Borders, and the Peter Alderman Foundation, which helps people rebuild their lives after armed conflict through its mental health and recovery work. The Zegar Foundation also awards a couple of global development grants each year.
Though the foundation pays attention to a several global causes, it does not make a large number of international grants annually. Zegar grants can range anywhere from $10,000 to $750,000, although most International program grants typically range from $25,000 to $75,000.
The Zegar Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry. But, according to its website, the foundation is “always open to new ideas from new sources.” Grantseekers can send general inquires or make an introduction via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Merryl Snow Zegar, Managing Director and Trustee
- Charles M. Zegar, Financial Director and Trustee