George Wolf Memorial Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The George Wolf Memorial Trust directs the majority of its global development grantmaking to groups that provide clean water for communities in low-income countries around the world.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers looking for high-dollar grants should look elsewhere. Most awards are modest, with a very few large grants to a single longtime recipient.

PROFILE: The George Wolf Memorial Trust was established in 2003 and is a modest supporter of global health causes predominately funding clean water initiatives. The trust does not operate a website or employ formal staff, so information is a bit difficult to come by.

The George Wolf Memorial Trust awards only a handful of grants each year, generally fewer than 10. While most grants typically fall under $25,000, some as low as $100, the trust historically awards at least one grant per year in the $800,000 to $1 million range. Grantseekers from small and grassroots organizations should know that the trust only awards large grants to large organizations with an international reach, such as the International Lifeline Fund, a regular grantee of the trust. That money has gone to support International Lifeline Fund’s work in delivering clean water, clean cooking methods, and improving the health and livelihoods of people living in least-developed countries around the world.

The trust’s pattern of giving follows much the same suit, but the majority of its grantees work to improve water and sanitation conditions in developing countries around the world.

The George Wolf Memorial Trust is not a funder grantees seeking large funding should approach. However, it appears to exclusively award general operating support grants rather than those for specific project support, so this may be a funder worth seeking.

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


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The George Wolf Memorial Trust
1220 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 2005
(202) 986-4719