Kimberly-Clark Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Kimberly-Clark Foundation’s grants to girls and women’s empowerment causes are often substantial; however, the foundation does not award many such grants each year. 

IP TAKE: This corporate funder focuses its women’s empowerment grants on those living in developing countries.

PROFILE: Established in 1952, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation reflects the charitable giving efforts of its corporate arm, Kimberly-Clark. The foundation makes grants on its “[p]romise to be a good employer, a good neighbor and to support causes that provide the essentials for a better life.” The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include social impact, forest and fiber, waste and recycling, energy and climate and supply chain.

Kimberly-Clark’s social impact grantmaking focuses on improving the lives of those in need by “[i]mproving access to sanitation, helping children thrive, and empower women and girls. The foundation’s current women and girls empowerment grantmaking revolves around the many obstacles females face in managing menstruation poverty, such as access to hygiene products and poor bathroom condition—both of which often lead to school-aged girls missing school and important educational opportunities.

Kimberly-Clark Foundation grants are often substantial, ranging from around $300,000 to $600,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.

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