OVERVIEW: The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation seeks community organizations both large and small that work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children in order to secure their health, safety, and development.
IP TAKE: Nearly all of this funder’s grants support organizations that work with children in developing and least developed countries.
PROFILE: Dorothea Haus Ross established the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation foundation in 1997. The foundation seeks “to support nonprofit organizations that seek to ensure basic needs and human rights including sustenance, education, healthcare and security to the most vulnerable children throughout the world.” Its grantmaking prioritizes funding trafficked and exploited children, disabled children, displaced and refugee children, and building sustainable economic communities.
The foundation’s building sustainable economic communities program focuses on empowering “village-level entrepreneurs to provide a sustainable livelihood for their families and which strengthen the fabric of community health and education." Ross only supports organizations based in United States with grants that typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Association of Volunteers in International Service, which received a grant to support its occupational training program geared toward adolescents with disabilities in Almaty, Kazakhstan. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Ross supports, explore its grants made list.
The Ross Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does encourage grantseekers whose work closely aligns with its giving strategy to submit brief letters describing their work.
- Ken Goody, Foundation Executive