Tara Health Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Tara Health Foundation predominantly seeks organizations that improve women's and girls' health.

IP TAKE: The majority of the Tara Foundation’s funding comes in the form of investments rather than grants.

PROFILE: After more than 20 years working in the field of women’s health care, Dr. Ruth Shaber created the Tara Health Foundation in 2014. After she founded the Women’s Health Research Institute at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Shaber founded Tara Health to apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to philanthropy. The foundation works to “improve the health and well-being of women and girls through the creative use of philanthropic capital.” The foundation invests in domestic reproductive and maternal health, global health, equitable workplaces, and gender lens impact investing.

 The Tara Foundation participates in both grantmaking and social impact investing. Investments dominate its funding model. Past grantees include the Women Effect at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Women’s Foundation of California.

Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $150,000. Tara has also invested in groups such as Cadence Health and Whole Women’s Health. To learn more about the types of groups the Tara Foundation supports through its grantmaking and impact investing, explore its portfolio. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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