Summit Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Summit Foundation supports organizations advocating for reproductive, economic, social, and educational rights of marginalized girls.

IP TAKE: This funder encourages collaboration among grantees in both the private and public sectors.

PROFILE: Billionaire Roger Sant, who co-founded the AES Corporation—a power generation and distribution company with multiple national and international subsidiaries—also co-founded the Summit Foundation with his wife Victoria in 1991. Seeking to “promote the health and well-being of the planet, its people and the natural environment,” Summit focuses its grantmaking on three main programs: Mesoamerican Reef, Empowering Women and Girls, and Sustainable Cities.

The foundation’s Empowering Women and Girls program aims to “empower marginalized girls by transforming their social, reproductive and economic lives.” Specific priorities include promoting girls’ access to secondary education and increased economic opportunities, ending child marriage, and challenging gender norms. Summit also funds girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Quintana Roo, Mexico, in an effort reduce adolescent fertility rates, decrease the percentage of girls who marry before 18 and increase the percentage of women who complete their secondary educations.

Grants awarded through the Summit Foundation’s Empowering Girls program typically range from $50,000 to $200,000. One past grantee is the Amigos de Santa Cruz Foundation, which received a grant for its adolescent sexual and reproductive health project and its Youth Empowerment programs. Another Summit grantee is the Asociación de Desarrollo Socio Económico Indígena Bayan, which received a grant for its program addressing child marriage in Honduras.

To learn more about the types of organizations the Summit Foundation supports and at what level, explore its recent grants page.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications, letters of inquiry, or grant proposals.

PEOPLE:

  • Victoria Sant, President
  • Lex Sant, Vice President and Treasurer
  • Kathy Hall, Director, Empowering Girls

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