Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation supports women’s organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Chaiken offers funding for specific projects and for general operating expenses. This funder does not award a large number of grants to girls’ and women’s organizations annually.

PROFILE: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation was founded in 1998 to “Support the aims and purpose of Jewish life through social, cultural, and human needs programs.” The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one formal staff member. While the primary focus of Chaiken’s grantmaking is Jewish causes, its tax filings indicate an interest in supporting causes related to girls and women as well. 

Chaiken grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to over $1 million; however, most grants typically from $5,000 to $50,000. Examples of girls and women’s organizations supported by the foundation in the past include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which received funding for its project involving women’s reproductive rights; and the Global Fund for Women, which received a grant for general operating support.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Its tax filings also indicated that it tends to offer long-term support to its current grantees.


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Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation

2121 Allston Way, Suite 200

Berkeley, California 94270

(510) 839-2900