Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation supports organizations that address women and children’s rights and global human trafficking.

IP TAKE: The foundation does not award many grants annually, generally fewer than 20. Unfortunately, the foundation prefers to maintain a low public profile. As a result, it does not maintain a website.

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation was created to support organizations that advocate for human rights with an emphasis on women and children. According to Joan Platt’s biography on, the foundation supports such organizations in order to “promote economic opportunity and civil society in developing countries.” Joan Platt is involved in some capacity with like-minded organizations such as Human Rights Watch, the Global Fund for Children, and the Fund for Global Human Rights.

The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation does not operate a website or employ a formal staff. According to its tax filings, the foundation directs some of its grantmaking toward organizations with which Joan Platt is affiliated. For example, the foundation has supported the Global Fund for Women’s anti-trafficking work. In addition, it has funded Tostan’s rights work in Africa, which include campaigns to end female genial mutilation and child marriage.

Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation

127 Pinon Drive

Portola Valley, California 94028
(650) 529-3499