Global development is one of the oldest areas of modern philanthropy, but it now attracts unprecedented resources like never before as new, major funders move forwards. Funders are addressing an array of multifaceted dimensions of development. As expected, much competition exists in this development area, so it is crucial that grant seeker's projects value in a crowded field. 

We are closely tracking what global development funders are doing, and our learning is captured in this guide. All the profiles of funders and program officers here are updated regularly.  

FUNDERS

ADM FOUNDATION

This corporate funder focuses on education, sustainable agricultural development, and increased community engagement in its grantmaking. 

ADOBE FOUNDATION

Global development grants from the software company's charitable arm go mostly toward economic security and employment, with an emphasis on technology.

AMB FOUNDATION

AMB is an approachable funder that makes modest grants for health, education, economic development, and indigenous populations; however, while it does not specify a geographic focus, it often supports work in South America.

ANN CAMPANA JUDGE FOUNDATION

The Ann Campana Judge Foundation supports organizations that work toward developing community water supplies and community sanitation in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. 

ANSARA FAMILY FUND

A donor-advised fund at the Boston Foundation, it tends to favor groups working in Nepal and Haiti, which empower vulnerable populations from the bottom-up. 

ARGOSY FOUNDATION

Argosy's stated funding interests include communities in need and human rights advocacy, but it's open to global development grantseekers working in other areas. 

ARTHUR B. SCHULTZ FOUNDATION

This is a relatively small NGO that awards grants to organizations working in developing countries in the areas of women’s empowerment and mobility solutions for the disabled.

ATKINSON FOUNDATION

Atkinson restricts its global development grantmaking to southern Mexico and Central America, with an emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations. 

SUSAN AND DONALD BABSON CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

An approachable funder that supports diverse efforts in areas of exploitation, poverty alleviation, and social injustice. Tends to award one-year grants, easing entry for new applicants. 

BAIRD FOUNDATION

This funder's work in the global development space includes a number of relatively modest grants for poverty alleviation and children's well-being in least-developed countries. 

BANYAN TREE FOUNDATION

Global development grants mostly fund access to education, particularly for children and girls in Africa and South Asia.

BD FOUNDATION

Philanthropic arm of Becton Dickinson supports widespread global health programs like immunization campaigns and education about pandemics including AIDS, malaria, diabetes and others.  

BEYOND OUR BORDERS

This group-advised fund supports gender equality, women’s rights, and women's and girls’ empowerment.   

BLOSSOM FUND

The Blossom Fund prioritizes giving to organizations that address women's economic justice, and development in Central America and Mexico. Prioritizes local/grassroots groups that may have a hard time obtaining grants elsewhere. 

BLUE MOON FUND

Supports organizations working within the crosscutting global development fields of local economic development and environmental sustainability.

BOEING COMPANY

Major grantmaking areas of interest involve access to quality K-12 education and early learning programs, economic growth and improving access to healthcare.

BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION

This collaborative funder prioritizes public health, poverty alleviation and economic stability. 

BRACH FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Modest funder supports poverty alleviation, social justice in developing countries, health and clean water issues, and has shown a keen interest in Africa.

BRIGHT FUTURE INTERNATIONAL

This is a relatively new funder that supports vocational, educational, and arts programs that focus on children living in vulnerable communities around the world. 

CAMPHILL FOUNDATION

Camphill awards modest grants to groups that build and restore schools in an effort to improve access to quality education in developing countries. 

CAPITAL GROUPS COMPANIES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Capital Groups Companies Charitable Foundation invests in a variety of global development organizations located in the United States and working abroad. It prefers a broad approach and does not maintain specific grant programs.

CARGILL INC.

Cargill funds organizations that address hunger, improving nutrition, and increasing agricultural productivity.

CATERPILLAR FOUNDATION

The Caterpillar Foundation’s global development grantmaking centers on improving access to water and sanitation and has funded big WASH players like charity:water and Water.org over the years.

CHANEL FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the famed fashion house prioritizes grantmaking on economic resources, women, health and social protection, leadership, culture and sport, and emergencies.

CHARLES EVANS HUGHES MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Hughes does not have a separate global development program. Instead, it makes its global development related grants more generally to organizations that address development and environmental rights or justice.

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION

Mott is particularly supportive of organizations working on civil society in developing countries, and of groups that foster a balance between economic and environmental imperatives.

CHILD HEALTH FOUNDATION  

Child Health seeks to prevent pervasive childhood illnesses around the world. Current funding priorities include malnutrition, enteric diseases related to water and sanitation, and respiratory diseases.

CHILDREN'S INVESTMENT FUND FOUNDATION 

The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include education, healthcare, child survival, and nutrition. Most of CIFFs grantmaking revolves around helping children in the developing world.

CHINO CIENEGA FOUNDATION

Somewhat inaccessible funder prioritizes climate change, environmental sustainability, conflict avoidance/reconciliation, culture and youth, and sustainable development.

CHRISTENSEN FUND

Works with organizations advocating for equitable land and sea rights of indigenous people living in the fund’s geographic regions of focus.

CHRYSALIS TRUST

Modest development grants often go to hard-to-fund projects in poverty alleviation, shelter, healthcare, water and other areas.

CH2M FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the global engineering firm focuses grantmaking on access to safe drinking water and access to transportation in developing countries. 

CISCO SYSTEMS FOUNDATION

Cisco awards grants to NGOs that foster economic development in marginalized communities around the world. It also supports education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs.

CITI FOUNDATION

A difficult funder for newcomers and smaller organizations, Citi's global development grantmaking supports financial inclusion efforts and those related to increasing economic opportunities for young people.

COCA-COLA FOUNDATION

The foundation heavily emphasizes global development projects related to women's empowerment, youth empowerment, clean water access, and conservation. 

COMIC RELIEF

This U.K.-based funder supports global groups that address the root problems that contribute to the generational cycle of poverty. 

COLLETTE FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the travel company, this funder focuses on getting kids food and other basic needs, particularly education. It seeks new local/grassroots outfits to support each year. 

CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION

The foundation's global development grantmaking supports the work of Catholic sisters around the world, safe water, and disaster relief.

CONSERVATION, FOOD AND HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation offers global development grants to organizations that work in least-developed countries around the world.

CS FFUND/WARSH MOTT LEGACY

The majority of the CS Fund/Warsh Mott Legacy food sovereignty grants support organizations working in the Global South.

CUMMINS FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the global power company makes grants to empower marginalized and underprivileged populations around the world.

DALIO FOUNDATION

Dalio largely focuses on supporting orphans in China, but has also supported other global problems, which include polio eradication, microfinance, disaster relief, and conflict areas. 

DAVID WEEKLEY FAMILY FOUNDATION

Practices a venture philanthropy model of investing in nonprofits and social enterprises serving the global poor. Areas of interest include education, health, and livelihoods with a focus on helping young people.

DEBLEY INC.

This funder primarily supports women's empowerment and poverty alleviation. It might be tough for first-timers to get in the door as Debley tends to support existing grantees year after year.

DANIELE AGOSTINO DEROSSI FOUNDATION

This modest grantmaker concentrates on Guatemala and Latin America. Its major focus seems to be education, but also funds health and economic security projects.  

DOUGLAS B. MARSHALL FAMILY FOUNDATION 

The Marshall Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting education and related research projects in developing countries. It also focuses on factors that impact educational outcomes, such as food and water.

DRAPER RICHARDS KAPLAN FOUNDATION

Draper focuses on early-stage NGOs, and seeks grantees whose work has the potential to create effective, scalable solutions to pressing social problems in the U.S. and abroad.

DREAM BLUE FOUNDATION

The Dream Blue Foundation’s global development grantmaking focuses on education, community development, and rural healthcare.

JOHN & ANNE DUFFY FOUNDATION

This funder tends to award modest grants to larger INGOs operating poverty alleviation efforts. It also supports groups working in food security, access to education and sustainable agriculture.

DUME WOLVERINE

A relatively small funder that tends to support large international organizations that take a broad-based approach to development issues.

ECOM FOUNDATION 

ECOM is concerned with helping rural farming communities gain access to social services, education, healthcare, and sustainable agricultural practices. 

ELMA FOUNDATION 

ELMA awards grants to groups focusing on the health and well-being of Africa’s children. Main areas of funding interest include education, healthcare, and basic needs. 

EMERGING MARKETS FOUNDATION 

EMpower supports groups that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth ages 10 to 24 in emerging market countries by funding projects related to education, health, well-being, and improving livelihoods.

FEMSA FOUNDATION

FEMSA largely supports water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. It works on watershed conservation, disaster response, and projects related to safe water and sanitation.

FINN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Small, Texas-based foundation mostly supports large INGOs predominately in humanitarian aid, poverty alleviation and food for children.

FIRST PEOPLES WORLDWIDE

Works to advance the development of indigenous communities while maintaining their cultural heritage. An accessible funder, but only funds projects led or initiated by local indigenous communities.  

FLORA FAMILY FOUNDATION

This foundation, endowed with Hewlett money, awards limited grants to support a broad spectrum of work in developing countries, mainly in Africa and Haiti. 

FLUOR FOUNDATION

An approachable funder that supports basic human needs and local community development, but only in places where the parent company operates. 

FORD FOUNDATION

Ford makes grants to global development projects with an eye on empowering marginalized populations, mainly in developing nations. Ford has restructured its grantmaking to focus on global inequality in all forms. 

FREDERICK MULDER FOUNDATION

Mulder's global development grantmaking support projects that address poverty alleviation and institutional frameworks that perpetuate poverty cycles.

FREES FOUNDATION

The Frees Foundation supports international aid groups in developing countries. Main areas of grantmaking focus include health, education, housing, and community services.

GATES FOUNDATION 

The Gates Foundation is a large, multi-faceted funder. It awards many grants annually to organizations that work on a range of social, economic, and health issues in the developing world. 

GE FOUNDATION

The GE Foundation invests in global development organizations that work in least developed and developing countries across the globe.

JOHN F. & MARY A. GEISSE FOUNDATION

Approachable family funder established by Target's founder supports a few major organizations, but tends to prioritize smaller and grassroots organizations that address poverty alleviation and clean water in developing countries.

GENERAL MOTORS FOUNDATION

GM’s global development predominately funds projects that address low-income groups.

GHR FOUNDATION

GHR supports children and families, Catholic sisters, and seeks to strengthen communities and religious leadership. Most of its often sizable grants are awarded to religious-based groups.  

GLOBAL CATALYST FUND

Global Catalyst makes tech-heavy grants to groups working in the fields of poverty alleviation, social tolerance, and diversity projects around the world. 

GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN

The Global Fund for Children approaches global development matters from a grassroots perspective as they relate to the world’s most vulnerable children.

GOOGLE.ORG

The philanthropic arm of tech giant Google is an active global grantmaker. It tends to prioritize organizations that use innovative approaches to solve some of the world’s most pressing development challenges. 

GRAND CIRCLE FOUNDATION

This funder's reach encompasses most of the globe and focuses on schools and education, small and micro-enterprise, health and safety. It largely supports small/grassroots organizations, but occasionally supports larger organizations.

GREENBAUM FOUNDATION

The Greenbaum Foundation invests in animal advocacy, animal abuse prevention, animal sanctuaries, human rights and trafficking, human health, and education.

GREEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Supports global health and development efforts revolving around access to healthcare, education, poverty alleviation, and sustainable activities that create self-sufficient communities.

GUPTA FAMILY FOUNDATION

Formerly the Apex Foundation, this philanthropic arm of a tech company is a small, but approachable funder. It supports NGOs that help vulnerable groups facing challenges related to poverty, disability, and discrimination.

HALLORAN PHILANTHROPIES

Halloran focuses its global development on energy and water, education, community innovation, entrepreneurship, health, and business innovation.

HAROLD SIMMONS FOUNDATION

The Simmons Foundation focuses its global development-related grantmaking on health, healthcare concerns, female empowerment and human rights. 

HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST

Helmsley's global health grantmaking is limited to select African countries, and focuses on food security, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and neglected tropical diseases.  

HENRY E. NILES FOUNDATION 

Primary areas of international grantmaking at the Henry E. Niles Foundation includes education, economic self-sufficiency, access to healthcare, public health, and sanitation.

HEWLETT FOUNDATION 

Hewlett’s top funding priorities in the global development space are women’s empowerment, pushing for greater government transparency and accountability, and more effective policymaking processes.  

HORACE W. GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION

Goldsmith’s grants in this space tend to focus on global poverty alleviation. Grants are awarded to groups working in developing countries, but Goldsmith appears to favor Africa in its grantmaking. 

HOWARD G. BUFFETT FOUNDATION

Buffett backs global projects in conflict mitigation and agriculture-related food security programs. Grants often support groups working in Africa and Latin America. 

IDEX FOUNDATION

Focuses its grantmaking efforts on empowering women, economic development, and climate change as it relates to the lives and livelihoods of local communities.

IDP FOUNDATION 

IDP awards grants to groups combating widespread, pressing global health and development problems including poverty, social justice, and access to quality education.

INDIGO TRUST 

Supports technology-driven projects to narrow the income gap and digital divide in Africa. Indigo often supports small organizations, which makes it an excellent funder for newer and grassroots organizations.

INNOCENT FOUNDATION

U.K.-based Innocent Foundation funds programs that address food insecurity and severe acute child malnutrition. Supports only U.K.-registered organizations. 

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

An approachable funder that focuses its global development grantmaking on health, education and economic security. However, its giving features specific geographic limitations. 

IRWIN ANDREW PORTER FOUNDATION

A great funder for grassroots groups. Among other areas, IAP focuses its giving on microfinance, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and education.

ISORA FOUNDATION

Isora supports organizations promoting improved health, education and economic development. Isora also supports groups advocating for social justice. 

JACKMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

Jackman does not identify specific areas of global development grantmaking. However, it seems to prioritize intersecting concerns such as healthcare and extreme poverty. 

J.A. CLARK CHARITABLE TRUST

This funder supports women's empowerment and rights abroad. 

JEPHCOTT CHARITABLE TRUST

This U.K.-based funder supports organizations working in the fields of population control, education, and health. 

JOCKNICK FOUNDATION

The Jochnick Foundation invests in global development organizations that address people living in developing countries.

JOFFE CHARITABLE TRUST

This U.K.-based funder's primary goal is to address the root causes of poverty, with a geographic focus on Anglophone sub-Saharan Africa.

JOHN DEERE FOUNDATION

Though many of its investments are domestic, the foundation still makes international grants every year in the areas of disaster relief, agricultural education, and agricultural technology as a means to reduce hunger.

JOHN AND SUSAN DEWAN FOUNDATION

Dewan awards grants to groups working in the fields of education, job creation and economic development. Generally focuses giving on developing countries, but prioritizes Central America.  

JOHNSON & JOHNSON FAMILY OF COMPANIES FOUNDATION

Internationally, Johnson & Johnson's philanthropy focuses on projects related to women and children's empowerment, disease prevention, and strengthening the global healthcare workforce. 

JP MORGAN CHASE

This funder's global development grantmaking centers on financial stability and workforce readiness. It tends to support major organizations but has also funded smaller groups. 

KANS AND KANDY CHARITABLE TRUST

Funds education and poverty-alleviation projects with a focus on least developed countries. 

KITCHEN TABLE CHARITIES TRUST

Approachable, U.K.-based funder concentrates on education and other basic needs to benefit vulnerable children and families. Prioritizes giving to grassroots organizations that can accomplish a lot with a small amount of money.

KL FELICITAS FOUNDATION

Grants and impact investments by Felicitas back market-based approaches to help underserved and marginalized people worldwide. Favors bottom-up/grassroots approaches.

ALBERT KUNSTADTER FAMILY FOUNDATION

Broad interests, with extra focus on schools and education in low-income countries, particularly in Asia. This funder makes grants for general operating support, and may therefore be of special interest to small/grassroots groups. 

LACEWING FOUNDATION

Support is usually modest, going to small and grassroots groups that provide health and education programs for women and children around the world.

LAWRENCE FOUNDATION

Mainly funds efforts in poverty alleviation and healthcare, with a smaller number of grants to disaster relief. 

LEGACY ALCOA FOUNDATION

Addresses various sustainability-themed projects such as mass transit in urban areas and recycling. The foundation makes investments in the 31 countries where its corporate arm conducts business. 

LEMELSON FOUNDATION

Created by inventor Jerome Lemelson, the foundation invests in social entrepreneurs taking innovative approaches to challenges faced by the vulnerable and marginalized. 

LESTER FUND

This small family foundation focuses its grantmaking on empowering women and young people, as well as protecting women, children, and youth from physical and emotional abuse.

MARQUIS GEORGE MACDONALD FOUNDATION

MacDonald supports diverse global development causes, but poverty alleviation appears to be a priority. Often supports large international development organizations.

MAI FAMILY FOUNDATION

Mai awards grants toward poverty alleviation efforts in poor countries. The foundation also makes program-related investments, which can be substantial. 

MARY'S PENCE

This is a grassroots funder that supports the social, physical, and economic well-being of women in North America, Latin America, Central America, and the Caribbean. 

MARY A. TIDLUND FOUNDATION

Based in Canada, Tidlund focuses its grantmaking attentions on education and poverty alleviation projects in developing countries with a heavy focus on women and children. 

MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

Entirely independent from the credit card company, the MasterCard Foundation focuses its global development grantmaking on financial inclusion, education, and youth livelihoods. 

MATTEL CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION 

Grantmaking priorities for the venerable toymaker are children’s health, literacy, and after-school programs. The foundation awards grants to NGOs working in the approximately 150 countries where Mattel has an operational presence. 

McCONNELL FOUNDATION 

McConnell's global funding interests are divided between peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Nepal, water, sustainable livelihoods, and improving justice systems in Laos.

MCJ AMELIOR FOUNDATION

This funder's global development giving goes to a variety of larger INGOs and smaller groups around the world.

METLIFE FOUNDATION  

The MetLife Foundation supports programs that alleviate poverty, empower women, and foster financial inclusion. It also seeks to increase kids' financial understanding. 

MICHAEL AND SUSAN DELL FOUNDATION  

Dell awards grants to organizations that address poverty, improve health care, expand educational opportunities, and increase family economic stability in India and South Africa. 

NEIL AND AMELIA MCDANIEL CHARITABLE TRUST

McDaniel tends to support large INGOs that address poverty alleviation in least-developed countries, but grants are fairly modest. 

MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION

Aims to improve the livelihoods of local communities in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America with a heavy emphasis on natural resources and agriculture.  

MICROSOFT PHILANTHROPIES

Global development funding here supports work on access to technology in finance, healthcare, payment systems, education, and agriculture. 

MONEYGRAM FOUNDATION

This funder's sole grantmaking focus helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children gain access to education and learning resources.

MOODY'S FOUNDATION

Global grantmaking by the philanthropic arm of the financial research company focuses largely on microfinance and workforce development.

MORGAN STANLEY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations focuses global development giving on helping kids through access to quality healthcare, education and job skills.

MORRIS FAMILY FOUNDATION

This small family foundation supports mainly educational organizations working with vulnerable and marginalized groups in the U.S. and abroad. 

MOSAIC FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the fertilizer company, this funder heavily focuses on improving food security in developing countries by helping smallholder farmers increase crop yields.

MULAGO FOUNDATION

The foundation operates like a philanthropic venture philanthropy fund to support early-stage organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, working to help the rural poor by taking proven solutions to scale.

NAMASTE FOUNDATION

The Redwood City, California-based Namaste Foundation focuses global development grants on human rights, education and water. Supports groups of all sizes.

NDUNA FOUNDATION

Nduna is a small funder that is keenly focused on helping children, particularly in risky conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa. It has invested in work on education, food security, human rights, and health. 

NEW FIELD FOUNDATION

This low-key funder strives to bring transformative change in rural female farmer populations in Africa by advocating for greater access to capital, increased land rights, and freedom from violence.

NEXTWORLDNOW

Invests in development projects, including microloans, schools and clean water to benefit marginalized populations in both developing and developed nations.   

NIGER DELTA PARTNERSHIP

NDP centers its global development grantmaking on peacebuilding and economic development within the nine Niger Delta region states. 

NOVO FOUNDATION

NoVo's global grantmaking largely revolves around female empowerment and ending violence against adolescent girls and women.

OMIDYAR NETWORK

The Omidyar Network works on a range of global issues with an eye toward economic and political empowerment. Omidyar engages in both traditional grantmaking and impact investing.  

OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION

Open Meadows provides modest grants to nonprofits advocating for gender and racial equality as well as economic justice.  

JESSE H. AND SUSAN R. OPPENHEIMER FOUNDATION

Global development grants from this low-profile Texas-based foundation mostly go to larger international groups. Grants are modest, though usually multiyear. 

OSPREY FOUNDATION

The Osprey Foundation's interests are broad, but united by spirituality and a vision of “a world of equality, tolerance, and equanimity.” Global grants are largely focused on water and sanitation issues in developing countries. 

PAPERSEED FOUNDATION

Paperseed supports education for children and young people in low-income communities around the world, mostly in the Global South; however, it sometimes supports programs in wealthier countries.

PB & K FAMILY FOUNDATION

 PB & K is a low-profile funder that supports a variety of causes.

PEERY FOUNDATION

The Peery Foundation invests in poverty relief efforts around the world, focusing its grantmaking on sustainable entrepreneurship, education, youth crime and violence, maternal health care, and WASH.

PENTAIR FOUNDATION

This corporate funder focuses on food, water and education in developing countries.

PENWEL FUND

PenWel supports health and education projects in least-developed countries with an emphasis on its benefits to women and children. 

PEPSICO FOUNDATION

Pepsi supports a number of global development challenges in underserved communities around the world including access to water, sustainable agriculture, job readiness, and women’s empowerment. 

FRANK PERNELL FOUNDATION

Pernell focuses on poverty alleviation, mainly in Africa. It also supports global health groups working in least-developed countries around the world. Grants are modest, but the funder accepts unsolicited requests year-round.

PATRICIA PRICE PETERSON FOUNDATION

Approachable funder supports programs for youth, especially education, in vulnerable and marginalized communities in Panama and throughout Central America.

PERSHING SQUARE FOUNDATION

The Pershing Square Foundation is keenly interested in backing transformative and sustainable development approaches. This funder likes to be on the cutting edge, and its global giving is growing. 

PHILIP AND IRENE TOLL GAGE FOUNDATION

This hard-to-approach funder does not specify areas of grantmaking interest, but it does largely support overseas projects, particularly those that link global health and development. 

PIMCO FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the investment management firm is dedicated to empowering women and girls, and funds programs that address the disproportionate burden of poverty on women globally.

DAVID AND ELAINE POTTER FOUNDATION

U.K.-based funder that focuses on education, STEM subjects, and teacher training in southern African countries. 

PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO FOUNDATION

This foundation focuses its global development grantmaking largely on water and sanitation projects in the world's least-developed countries and other select regions.

PURELY OVERSEAS TRUST

This U.K.-based funder awards modest grants to local groups that can accomplish much with limited funds. Interests include farming, healthcare, education and water.

ROBERTSON FOUNDATION

This foundation of a hedge fund billionaire is low profile and difficult to access, but supports a range of global health and development projects, often with substantial funding. 

ROCKDALE FOUNDATION

Rockdale supports education, leadership, and children and youth projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Prioritizes groups working in Sierra Leone. 

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

This well-known major grantmaker invests in NGOs working on various facets of international economic development, including agriculture, energy, and youth unemployment. 

DOROTHEA HAUS ROSS FOUNDATION

The Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation funds both small and large community organizations that work with vulnerable children in order to secure their health, safety, and development.

ROTH FAMILY FOUNDATION

Roth's global giving focuses on economic development. It tends to back small/grassroots groups, but does not define funding interests, or accept unsolicited requests. 

SACKLER FAMILY FOUNDATION

This low-profile funder backs efforts in global development, with grants of diverse amounts. 

SALL FAMILY FOUNDATION

Sall concentrates its global development-related grantmaking on lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty. The foundation also supports large international health organizations that work in developing countries.  

SATTER FOUNDATION

The philanthropic vehicle of finance couple Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel, this under-the-radar funder supports education, health, and health policy groups in developing countries.    

SC JOHNSON GIVING

Gives mostly small grants for economic development, access to healthcare, education, and lifting up poor and vulnerable populations within the global communities in which the company operates.

CAMERON SCHRIER FOUNDATION

The Cameron Schrier Foundation takes a broad approach toward its global development investments, which prioritize Africa.

SCOTT BADER FOUNDATION

Philanthropic arm of the global chemical company supports job and microenterprise training and education, and occasionally healthcare. Funds U.K.-registered NGOs or groups with which it is familiar. 

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

The foundation seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth, women, and indigenous peoples. It also addresses youth sexual and reproductive health project through its Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund). 

SEEDS, SOIL, & CULTURE FUND

The Seeds, Soil, and Culture invests in smallholder farming organizations that help farmers manage and conserve local seeds and farming knowledge.

SEGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION

Focuses the majority of its grantmaking on African-led grassroots outfits working in the fields of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, youth development, education, and skills building. 

SHELL FOUNDATION

Shell focuses on sustainable solutions that can lift BOP populations and the ultra-poor out of poverty. Supports projects that address energy access, sustainable job creation, sustainable supply chains and innovative business incubators.  

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN FOUNDATION: 

Supports education reform in Philadelphia, and globally, supports livelihood opportunities, education, food and water access, and agricultural projects in Africa, India, and Central America.

SKEES FAMILY FOUNDATION

Skees concentrates global development grants on poverty alleviation, with a focus on education and job creation. Doesn't accept unsolicited funding requests, but grants are unrestricted.

SKOLL FOUNDATION

Skoll largely focuses on social entrepreneurs working in one of its areas of interest, which includes education, economic opportunity, health, environmental sustainability, peace-building and sustainable markets. 

STARBUCKS FOUNDATION

Priority areas include fostering job opportunities for young people, water, sanitation and hygiene, and local community development.

STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION

Provides funding for a wide range of pressing development challenges including education and health care. 

STONE FAMILY FOUNDATION

The majority of global development funding from this U.K.-based foundation goes to WASH initiatives, but some funds also support adult mental health and disadvantaged youth projects. 

SUMMIT FOUNDATION

Summit focuses on adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights, but also considers gender equality.  

TINKER FOUNDATION

This approachable foundation supports global development efforts in Latin America. It focuses on giving to projects that support democratic governance, education, and sustainable resources management.

TOSA FOUNDATION

This low-profile funder awards grants to groups engaged in different facets of international development. Though Tosa gives to grassroots outfits, its major development dollars tend to support to larger organizations. 

TRAFIGURA FOUNDATION

This foundation uses a broad approach toward its global development grantmaking. It prioritizes rural economic development, education, vocational training, and social entrepreneurship projects that are sustainable,

UBS OPTIMUS FOUNDATION

This corporate funder awards grants to groups improving children’s health and protecting them from abuse. UBS also supports groups that work to expand access to quality education. 

UNITED NATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION

This grantmaker is still new, with a broad mandate to reduce poverty in developing countries. It is receptive to backing smaller, grassroots organizations. 

VIBRANT VILLAGE FOUNDATION 

Areas of grantmaking focus include nutrition, health, water, agriculture, economic development, education and arts. Vibrant Village awards grants to groups working in Latin American, Africa, Asia, and the U.S. 

VIOLET JABARA CHARITABLE TRUST 

The trust awards grants to groups focusing on economic development, reproductive health, women’s welfare, peacebuilding, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and education in specific countries in the Middle East.

VIRGINIA GILDERSLEEVE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION 

Dedicated to grassroots women’s empowerment organizations that are led by women. This is a great funder for small groups or those just starting out.  

VIRGINIA WELLINGTON CABOT FOUNDATION 

The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation dedicates its international grantmaking to both health and educational causes located in developing countries. 

VISTA HERMOSA FOUNDATION

Approachable funder that makes good-sized grants for access to education and youth development, community building, leadership development, small farmer training and resource development.

VITOL FOUNDATION

Philanthropic arm of the Vitol energy and commodities group funds work in economic security, children's education, water, sanitation and hygiene.

VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION

Supports global development organizations that are applying mobile tech solutions to improve the lives of underserved and marginalized populations around the world. 

WAINWRIGHT TRUSTS

Approachable U.K.-based funder concentrates on social justice and rights of vulnerable populations. It comprises two grantmaking entities, but both work for the "socially disempowered" in the U.K. and southern Africa.  

WALLACE GENETIC FOUNDATION

Established by the founder of the first hybrid seed company, Wallace's global development grants revolve around sustainable agriculture, food security and economic security. 

WASSERMAN FOUNDATION

Global development out of Wasserman is diverse, but an underlying current is poverty alleviation. Often backs large global development outfits, and may be a tough sell for smaller organizations.

WATERLOO FOUNDATION

Waterloo regularly gives grants to NGOs that expanding access to WASH and quality education, which it believes supports and improves economic development. 

WEEDEN FOUNDATION 

Weeden focuses its grantmaking on family planning and reproductive health programs, and on the link between overpopulation and environmental stress. Latin America is a geographic priority. 

WESTERN UNION FOUNDATION

Western Union awards global development grants related to economic empowerment, financial inclusion and disaster relief. It also provides in-kind donations to ongoing disaster relief efforts around the world.  

WESTWOOD ENDOWMENT

Awards a modest number of mid-sized grants annually, but does not specify interests. Its giving reflects a tendency to support education, leadership development, poverty alleviation and economic security. 

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION

An approachable foundation that focuses global funding on women and girls, and prefers small NGOs that can demonstrate their impact.  

WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION

Whole Planet focuses its development grantmaking on microlending. Though Whole Planet isn’t a huge player, it has partnered with some pretty big MFI players like Grameen and the Aga Khan Foundation.

WINDS OF PEACE FOUNDATION

Seeks to lessen economic and social disparities in Nicaragua. It is also interested in programs for women, the rural poor, indigenous people, education.

WORKDAY FOUNDATION

The Workday Foundation makes grants to organizations that prepare people of all ages for careers in the technology sector.

WRIGLEY COMPANY FOUNDATION

The charitable arm of the chewing gum company focuses on oral health, with some attention to overall health issues as they relate to education and poverty alleviation.

ZIENTS FAMILY FOUNDATION

Makes global development grants for women's social and economic empowerment and education. Tends to support the same outfits year after year, so it may be difficult for newcomers to secure funding.