Smoke Rise Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Smoke Rise Foundation supports a variety of organizations dedicated to girls and women in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This funder lacks transparency, which restricts information about grantmaking strategies, priorities, and applications information. Grantseekers should contact foundation staff for more information.  

PROFILE: Established in 2009, the Smoke Rise Foundation is based in Homewood, Illinois. The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal staff; however, according to tax filings, Smoke Rise appears to have an interest in funding causes related to animals and wildlife, conservation, healthcare and food security.

Although girls and women’s causes do not appear to be a major funding priority for Smoke Rise, past tax filings indicate an interest in this space. The majority of Smoke Rise Foundation grants range in amount from $5,000 to $50,000. Past grantees in this space include the Global Fund for Women, which received funding for its work women’s rights and empowerment work; and Tostan, which received a grant for its work fighting for women’s rights and combating female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa. Smoke Rise does not appear to impose geographic restrictions on its funding.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Smoke Rise Foundation

c/o Friedman Huey Associates

1313 West 175th Street

Homewood, Illinois 60430