Gupta Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Gupta Family Foundation supports grassroots organizations working in the areas of poverty, discrimination, and disability in developing countries around the world.

IP TAKE: This is a small funder that supports NGOs addressing broad global development issues that relate to poverty and sustainability. 

PROFILE: The Gupta Family Foundation, formerly the Apex Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of Apex CoVantage, a technology services company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Since 1992, the foundation has supported self-empowerment programs that assist people "challenged by poverty, disability, or discrimination" to achieve self-sufficiency. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on smaller, non-governmental organizations. 

The foundation’s grantmaking mission is broad, in that it aims to “support intervention programs that assist and inspire people to achieve self-sufficiency.” Gupta seek to accomplish this mission by supporting organizations that aid vulnerable populations facing challenges related to poverty, disability, and discrimination. 

In the past, the foundation has required that at least 90 percent of its awarded grants directly support the intended beneficiaries. Although Gupta grantees address an array of global development concerns, Gupta tends to support organizations that work with abandoned and orphaned children, and children with disabilities; however, grantseekers are not limited to these areas as the foundation does not name specific programs for grantmaking, and proposal's geographic focus remains open. 

Gupta's grants range from less than $20,000 to $50,000. This funder is approachable and accepts unsolicited proposals on a rolling basis and likes to work closely with its grantees to ensure that their missions remain aligned. However, grantseekers must submit their grant applications online. Gupta funds organizations beyond the United States, but non-U.S. grantseekers must first complete an affidavit

PEOPLE: 

  • Shashikant Gupta, President
  • John Kuranz, Executive Director
  • Karen Kuranz, Director of Programs  

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