OVERVIEW: The Banyan Tree Foundation focuses global development grants on access to education, particularly for children and girls.
IP TAKE: Banyan Tree tends to offer multi-year grants, which is good for current grantees, but which can make it tough for would-be grantees trying to break through the funding door here.
PROFILE: Located in Washington, D.C., the Banyan Tree Foundation should not be confused with the Banyan Tree Global Foundation in Singapore. Banyan Tree typically supports education in Africa and South Asia, and seeks to increase education opportunities in marginalized populations. The major beneficiaries of Banyan grantees are children and girls. On a smaller scale, the foundation awards grants to organizations that provide educational opportunities for other vulnerable populations, such as prisoners and rural pastoralists.
While the Banyan Tree Foundation awards grants to organizations working in Africa and South Asia, it appears that the foundation also favors projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Nepal.
Grants are sizeable and typically multi-year, usually $50,000 to $350,000. But it’s not unusual for Banyan to award a handful of grants in the range of $400,000 to $1 million. The Banyan Tree Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications, preferring instead to seek out potential grantees. And while the foundation has a small staff, executive director Carolyn Stremlau looks to be the only paid staff member.
- Carolyn Stremlau, Executive Director
- Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, President
Banyan Tree Foundation
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20006