Lawrence Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Lawrence Foundation is a family foundation whose giving focuses on the environment, youth development, disaster relief and human services.

IP TAKE: The foundation prioritizes giving for environmental causes. The foundation provides the flexibility of operating grants, as well as the more typical program grants. Grantmaking is very competitive.

PROFILE: A private family foundation, the Lawrence Foundation has sought to “support organizations that are working to solve pressing environmental, educational, human services and other issues" since 2000. Established by Jeff Lawrence and his wife, Diane Troth, with cash accrued when Lawrence sold his Trillium Digital Systems to Intel, the website says the couple feels "it is important to give something back and support organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.” The foundation maintains a broad approach to its investments and does not outline grantmaking specifics. Indeed, it only names grantmaking interests, not priorities, which include the environment, disaster relief, youth, and other human services.

The foundation's giving reveals an animal and wildlife grantmaking pattern supporting organizations and programs that educate the public to understand and advocate for animals and wildlife. The Lawrence Foundation, however, does not offer further particulars on its website beyond supporting U.S. organizations. 

The foundation gives roughly 50 grants a year. Grants are modest and range from $2,000 to $10,000. The foundation’s application is fairly basic; it uses the Common Grant Application (which leadership of The Lawrence Foundation helped create). The foundation “does not typically” fund computers/software, audio/video equipment, music or theater programs/equipment, gardening programs/equipment, physical education or recreational programs/equipment, or hospice/”old age home” programs. Past animal and wildlife grantees include Living With Wolves "to educate public about wolves," and the Orangutan Foundation "to protect animal and rainforest habitat."

The Lawrence Foundation’s grant application is open to all, and has two grant cycles each year, with deadlines in April and November.

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