Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation (IAP) does not have specific programmatic focus areas. Historically, the global development topics receiving IAP support have included microfinance, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and education.

IP TAKE: IAP supports organizations working on a wide range of global development problems. This is a funder receptive to grassroots organizations since it centers its efforts on fostering connections between local communities and individuals. 

PROFILE: The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation was established in 1996. A small funder, the IAP supports "[i]nnovative projects that foster connections between individuals, communities, the environment and the world at large." Its grantmaking vaires and it is primarily interested in "[p]rojects that require and/or inspire those directly benefiting from the project to give back to their communities both during the project and into the future." Internationally, IAP funds NGOs working in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

While it does not have specific programmatic focuses, IAP requires that grantees support their local communities in ways that are innovative, effective, and inspirational. Historically, the global development projects receiving IAP support have included microfinance, healthcare, poverty alleviation and education

Most of IAP's global development grants range from $1,000 to $30,000 and are limited to no more than five consecutive years. Although the foundation occasionally makes awards up to $50,000, it is rare. To learn more about the organizations receiving IAP support, explore its Recent Grants & Reports page.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. IAP makes grants by invitation only. Grantseekers should note that the foundation does not encourage grantseekers to contact board members, stating that doing so “[w]ill neither get you a (grant) nomination nor endear you to anyone.”

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