IDP Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: IDP appears to have a range of global development grantmaking interests, but defines none. The foundation supports organizations that address poverty, access to education, social injustice, nutrition, and women’s empowerment groups.

IP TAKE: While IDP supports organizations addressing some of the most pressing global development challenges, it tends to invest in increasing access to education. The foundation does not specifically outline its grantmaking process; however, it encourages grantseekers to reach out and discuss their work with the foundation. 

PROFILE: Established in 2008 with a $50 million endowment from Liesel Pritzker Simmons, the IDP Foundation offers a “broad range of grants, investments, and program development services with an educational focus.” The majority of IDP’s education giving is connected to its Rising Schools Program, which provides seed funding for the pilot stage development of low-cost private schools in Ghana.

The IDP Rising Schools program works in conjunction with the Sinapi Aba Trust, a Ghanaian microfinance organization. Rising Schools is an impact investment program that provides seed-funding in the form of grants for low-cost private schools in Ghana. The program has expanded since its inception. Although IDP makes a variety of other grants on a smaller scale, it largely invests in its Rising Schools program. 

IDP's global development grants do not appear to reflect any specific areas of focus beyond education. However, its interests are broad, and as a result, it has invested in projects that address poverty, lack of education, social injustice and nutrition. Past grantees include Women for Women International, Partners in Health, and the Faraja Fund Foundation. For a closer look at the types of organizations IDP funds, explore its Grant Recipients page. 

Grants range anywhere from $10,000 to over $200,000. IDP does not currently accept unsolicited grant requests.

PEOPLE: 

  • Irene Pritzker, President
  • Allison Rohner, Executive Director, IDP Rising Schools Program 
  • Alison Ehlke, Administrator and Grants Manager

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