Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Despite not maintaining a global development program, the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation makes related grants. The foundation offers these grants to organizations that work at the intersection of development and environmental rights or justice.

IP TAKE: Although it supports the same organizations each year, Hughes funds new organizations as well, but on a limited basis.   

PROFILE:  When Catherine Hughes died in 1961, her husband memorialized her legacy through the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation. It also honors Catherine’s late father, who was once a Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and Governor of New York. The foundation seeks to seeks to honor the legacy of its founders by supporting  education; legal and human rights; the environment, population, and health; and arts and culture. 

Although Hughes does not maintain a distinct global development program, it makes related grants to organizations that work at the intersection of development and environmental rights or justice. It typically awards less than five global development-related grants each year. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Although it generally awards its legal and human rights grants to organizations working to benefit U.S. populations, Hughes is receptive to supporting such work abroad. The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Wendy Williamson, Board President
  • Sandra Waddell, Board Vice President
  • Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield, Secretary
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