J.C. Flowers Foundation

OVERVIEW:  The J.C. Flowers Foundation works with a wide range of partners to solve critical health and social problems affecting hard to reach, or “last mile,” communities. The Foundation’s global giving focuses its efforts on the cross border communities of Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

IP TAKE: The foundation is particularly interested in organizations with expertise and presence in communities typically overlooked by traditional donors.

PROFILE: Founded in 2004, the JC Flowers Foundation was established by billionaire financier J. Christopher Flowers and his wife Anne. Upon visiting the Anglican Mission in Fiwila, Flowers sought out to educate locals about malaria prevention. The foundation later expanded its grantmaking efforts to support organizations that serve to educate local communities and support post-prison rehabilitation. The couple are based in New York City, which it strongly prioritizes. The foundation conducts two programs, Malaria Elimination and Harlem Re-Entry Initiative.

The foundation concentrates its grantmaking efforts on two issues, malaria and post-prison support. The Foundation's work with Harlem Re-Entry Initiative began in 2010 with the Re-Entry Faith & Family Circles of Support. In 2014, the couple expanded the program to include the Network in the Community, a 20 year veteran provider of parolee re-entry support services. Other partners have included The Harlem Parole Reentry Court, housed within in Harlem Community Justice Center, which "helps parolees from the Harlem community make the transition from life in prison to responsible citizenship in the first six months of their release" ; and The Interfaith Center of New York, a "nationally-recognized non-profit organization that catalyzes collaborations among hundreds of grassroots and immigrant religious leaders and civic officials (judges, teachers, and social workers) to address New York’s most pressing social problems."

The foundation also supports global health issues; however, it prioritizes malaria education and prevention through its Malaria Elimination, which focuses on communities throughout Africa

Though the foundation has an accessible website, information about actually applying for a grant remains sparse. However, this foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or funding requests.

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