Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Wallace and Alexander Gerbode Foundation’s grants related to girls and women generally revolve around reproductive health and rights.

IP TAKE: The primary geographic foci for Gerbode Foundation grants are the islands of Hawaii and the San Francisco Bay Area including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

PROFILE: Established in 1961 by Martha Alexander Gerbode, the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation initially supported organizations working in the fields of reproductive freedom, conservation of the Hawaiian Islands and the San Francisco Bay, the Death with Dignity Movement, Civic Engagement, nonprofit leadership, and the arts. In 2016, the foundation restructured its operations, but today continues to support many of the same priorities, which include arts and culture, community affairs, environment and conservation, strengthening the philanthropic process and nonprofit sector, and population, reproductive rights and health.

While the foundation does not have a program dedicated to women, it conducts grantmaking that benefits women and girls through its focus on reproductive rights and health. Past grantees in this space include Access Women’s Health Justice, which received funding for its reproductive justice work; and Groundswell Fund, which received a grant for its Catalyst Fund: Resources for Women of Color in Reproductive Justice.  To learn more about the Gerbode Foundation’s grantees, explore its Recent Grants lists.

According to the foundation’s website, grants typically range from $1,250 to $100,000 with most averaging around $35,000. The Gerbode Foundation is not currently accepting unsolicited grant applications or letters of inquiry.


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