OVERVIEW: The Saxena Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on STEM education and empowering women in the United States and India.
IP TAKE: Although this funder occasionally awards grants to support general operating costs, it prefers to dedicate its funding to specific projects.
PROFILE: The Saxena Family Foundation was founded in 2000 and is “[c]omitted to improving the quality of life of women, children and senior citizens,” in regions of the United States in which Saxena family members live. The foundation’s current grantmaking priorities are (STEM) education and empowering girls, children and young women with a focus on equal rights.
Saxena’s grants to empower girls and young women supports organizations that “[e]nable women to achieve greater economic clout.” According to the foundation, supporting such activities allows women to “[l]obby for social change, from which flows political and legal change.” Areas of focus for this program include economic, educational and political empowerment. The foundation awards STEM grants to organizations promoting STEM education.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Saxena Foundation awards single year grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, which received funding for its academic programs in engineering, science and commerce; and American Youthworks, which received a grant for its work helping young people in the areas of career building, community strengthening and on-the-job-training. To learn more about a select few Saxena Foundation grantees, explore its Initiatives page.
The Saxena Family Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding on a rolling basis throughout the year. Current grantees may apply for funding after their initial grant period expires and must do so by submitting a renewal application.
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