David Bohnett Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The David Bohnett Foundation largely supports LGBT issues, gun violence prevention, cyber centers, the arts in Los Angeles, and animal welfare with a focus on great apes and primates. 

IP TAKE: This is a relatively accessible and transparent funder who is also a member of Guidestar. 

PROFILE: Established in 1999, the David Bohnett Foundation seeks to “improv[e] society through social activism.” The foundation is named for its founder, David Bohnett, a tech entrepreneur who co-developed GeoCities in 1994, went public with it in 1998, and sold it to Yahoo! in 1999. The foundation supports grantmaking programs dedicated to the LGBT community, arts and culture in Los Angeles, gun violence prevention, youth leadership, primate animal language, cyber centers

While its grantmaking interests are eclectic, the foundation typically awards two to three larger grants through its Animal program. It also awards about ten smaller awards to other nonprofits in the U.S. The foundation emphasizes that its giving is for academic, scientific, and research-focused programs, especially for its larger giving. 

Bohnett's grants range widely from $100 to over $500,000. Grantseekers are encouraged to examine its detailed database for a clearer idea of what kinds of projects the foundation seeks to fund. As an aside, each of its grantmaking programs feature individual grantee databases. 

The David Bohnett Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. 


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