Zients Family Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Zients Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on women’s social and economic empowerment and education.

IP TAKE: This funder often awards multi-year support to its grantees. Newcomers may have a difficult time securing funding from Zients.

PROFILE: The Zients Family Foundation was established in 2003 and prefers to maintain a low public profile. As a result, the foundation does not operate a website and employs only one paid staff member. According to the foundation’s tax filings, however, it is clear that this low-profile funder supports organizations focusing on the economic and social empowerment of women.

Zients funds a variety of projects concentrating on girls and women including those related to women’s rights, peacebuilding efforts, and women’s empowerment.

Grants can range from $1,000 to $50,000, but most range from $1,000 to $10,000. Past grantees include Women for Women International and the Nomi Network. The foundation does not specifically state geographic restrictions, but its tax filings indicate that it prioritizes organizations located in Washington, D.C. and East Coast states.

The Zients Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding and instead, opts for a proactive approach in its giving by seeking potential grantees on its own.


  • Mary Zients, Trustee
  • Jennifer Nance, Trustee


Zients Family Foundation

4500 Garfield Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

(202) 266-6519