Brach Family Charitable Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Brach Charitable Family Foundation focuses its global development grants largely on poverty alleviation efforts.

IP TAKE: Absence of a paid staff may make this funder a tough nut to crack for grantseekers.

PROFILE: Established in the late 1990s by William and Nancy Brach, the Brach Family Foundation pursues its founders’ commitment to social justice and aid for underserved and vulnerable populations in the U.S. and abroad. The foundation seeks to “advance social justice, human health and consciousness, the welfare of animals, and the environment.”

In the global development space, Brach focuses mainly on poverty alleviation, awarding grants to groups working in economic growth, empowerment and social justice. The foundation also funds global health issues such as healthcare and access to clean drinking water.

Geographically, Brach directs its global grants to groups working in developing countries, and seems to have a keen interest on poverty alleviation efforts in Africa. The foundation is a strong supporter of agricultural training for Africa’s young people; which provides crucial support considering that agriculture is the main economic driver across the African continent.

Brach Family grants are modest, typically $1,000 to $5,000. While there are a decent number of smaller and grassroots organizations that make the foundation’s annual funding lists, in the global development space the foundation seems to favor larger international organizations such as Heifer International and African Grantmakers Affinity Group.

The foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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