Greenbaum Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Greenbaum Foundation invests in animal advocacy, human rights and trafficking, human health, and education organizations.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks innovative and efficient organizations with dynamic and involved leadership. 

PROFILE: After earning his fortune in telecommunications industry, Jim Greenbaum left the corporate world to establish the Greenbaum Foundation in 1991. The foundation would not be fully operational until 1999. The overarching goal of the foundation is to “bring about an end to suffering (human and non-human) in areas of the highest need where the mainstream organizations are not heavily involved,” and where the foundation can have the most impact.

Greenbaum’s grantmaking priorities include human rights, health, and animal rights.

The foundation largely conducts its women and girls-related grantmaking through its human rights and human health grantmaking, which supports organizations abolishing “slavery, ending child marriage, combating female genital mutilation and cutting, gender based violence, and fighting for equal rights for women.” Greenbaum also seeks organizations that address child abuse, neglect, and trafficking and ending forced prostitution. Past grantees include the International Civil Society Action Network and No Means No Worldwide. 

Greenbaum’s health grantmaking focuses on improving health overall. Examples of past grantees include Operation Fistula and Tostan. To learn more about the foundation’s health grantees, explore its list of organizations supported.

Grant amounts typically range from $1,000 to about $100,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers may address general inquiries to


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