Isora Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Isora Foundation supports organizations that tackle global development challenges in health, education, economic development and social justice.

IP TAKE: Isora prioritizes grassroots groups that empower individuals within local communities to create sustainable economic change and break through existing cultural barriers.

PROFILE: Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and established in 2006, the Isora Foundation is small, family organization dedicated to “empowering individuals worldwide to improve conditions within their communities.” Isora funds organizations focuses on grantmaking in the areas of health, education, economic development, and social justice. The goal, according to the foundation’s website, is to “replace despair with hope.” 

While Isora grants are not restricted to organizations located in New Mexico, the foundation does prioritize organizations that operate there. Although it does not impose geographical restrictions on its grantmaking, as a small funder, its international grantmaking is sparse. In its past global development grantmaking, Isora has funded access to quality education and health care in remote regions of the Amazon, and empowering young people living in Malawi and Cambodia to engage in AIDS outreach and education programs. 

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $15,000. To learn more about the organizations supported by the foundation, refer to its projects webpage.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, but it does encourage grantseekers to get in touch if they believe their work aligns with Isora’s grantmaking priorities.

PEOPLE: 

  • Wendy Wells, President
  • Ralph Moller, Vice President
  • Manka Wells, Director 

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