OVERVIEW: The Wunderkinder Foundation mainly supports environmental conservation organizations in the United States.
IP TAKE: This funder does not impose geographic restrictions on its funding. Tax filings indicate that it awards both project specific and general operating support grants.
PROFILE: Founded by Steven Spielberg in the early 1980s, the Wunderkinder Foundation is a sizable non-profit; however, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal staff. According to tax filings, the foundation grantmaking programs include arts and culture, women’s causes, the environment, education, Jewish causes, health and social and human services.
Wunderkinder grants range widely from $200 to nearly $3 million. The majority of grants fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range. Environmental conservation organizations that have received past support from the foundation include Peconic Land Trust Incorporated and the Nature Conservancy. Both organizations received grants to support general operating costs.
This foundation is not transparent regarding its grantmaking activities, guidelines and eligibility requirements. Tax filings indicate that the Wunderkinder Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.
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