OVERVIEW: The Chanel Foundation supports organizations improving the lives of girls and women living in least-developed countries.
IP TAKE: It is not out of the ordinary for this corporate funder to offer multi-year support to its grantees.
PROFILE: The Chanel Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the high-end fashion house Chanel. Since 2011, the foundation has sought to channel the rebellious and resilient spirit of its namesake, Coco Chanel, in order to "advance women’s and girl’s independence and empowerment around the world by increasing access to economic resources and entrepreneurship, education and training, leadership and decision making, as well as health, sports and culture." In addition to supporting female empowerment through economic, educational, and training projects, Chanel also prioritizes giving to cultural events and female artists. It supports emergency projects that affect vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, on a case-by-case basis.
Chanel prioritizes giving in five key areas:
- Access to economic resources
- Education and training
- Leadership and decision-making
- Health and social protection
- Culture and sports
The foundation awards grants four times per year and supported projects typically last for two to three years. Past grantees include the Womanity Foundation to support the distribution of animated stories educating women about their rights and A.W.A.R.E, an organization that promotes women in the arts. To learn more about Chanel Foundation grantees, explore its Current Partnerships page.
With offices in both Paris and New York, the Chanel foundation conducts business in both French and English. As a result, its website has a built-in translator at the top of the first landing page. It accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals during its open call for proposals periods. Grantseekers should check Chanel's excellent site often as it announces occasional open call dates. The foundation requests that proposals be “clear, concise, and complete.” Chanel announces open call dates on the foundation’s website.
- Miren Bengoa, Executive Director
- Andrea d’Avack, President