Greenbaum Foundation: Grants for Global Development

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

IP TAKE: The foundation's animal investments support work in the U.S. and Canada but does not accept unsolicited proposals. It prefers funding effective and efficient projects in areas of the highest need often neglected by mainstream organizations and media. 

PROFILE: Established in 1991, the Greenbaum Foundation was created and funded by Jim Greenbaum. Greenbaum says he began his career with the intention to make as much money as possible so he could make the world a better place. He’s said that whether he became wealthy or not, this was the kind of work in which he would like to be involved. His approach follows the Effective Altruism philosophy of calculating and pursuing the greatest quantity of good that money can achieve. The foundation believes that "[b]eing a bystander to suffering is not an option” and invests in animal advocacy and education, documentaries, human health, and human rights, huma traffickin and promoting philanthropy.

The foundation's human rights and trafficking grantmaking seeks to address "[a]ll forms of modern-day slavery; ending child marriage, female genital cutting, gender-based violence, and barriers preventing women from having equal rights; fighting child abuse, neglect, and the trafficking of children and youth for sex and labor; and stopping forced prostitution."  Greenbaum’s giving for humanitarian aid stretches to India, Uganda, Haiti, and Myanmar, among others. The foundation also funds organizations working with refugees living in conflict areas, and people fleeing persecution. Its refugee work similarly emphasizes women and children and their abuse.

Finally, Greenbaum's health program promotes a plant-based diet among other things; however, this funding also supports organizations that benefit developing regions. For Greenbaum, development grantees typically work from within a group or community. Jim Greenbaum said via email that "[o]ne can facilitate conversations that may lead to change, but those conversations must always be done in a manner that is respectful of the culture within which one is working. In addition, the facilitators themselves should be members of the communities or ethnic groups in which they are hoping to facilitate change. Communities are given the tools to create change from within."

While its website does not provide extensive details about how to secure development funding, Jim Greenbaum has said via email that one key common element of the groups he funds is a strong, involved executive director that he believes "[a]re all literally obsessed with the work they are doing. It is not a job to them, but a burning, passionate obsession that drives them to work to the best of their abilities to make the world a better place". 

Development grants range from $1,000 to about $100,000 for more established organizations. The foundation has only two trustees, Jim Greenbaum and his wife Lucie Berreby-Greenbaum. The Greenbaum Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

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