Marquis George MacDonald Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Marquis George MacDonald Foundation supports diverse global development related projects, but emphasizes poverty alleviation.  

IP TAKE: This funder awards modest global development grants. It may be best suited for organizations that have the ability to have a significant impact with limited funding. Grantseekers should note that they will have to compete with large international organizations for MacDonald grants.

PROFILE: The Marquis George MacDonald Foundation supports global development organizations that operate around the world. Information about the foundation is limited since it does not maintain a website and appears to operate with a skeleton staff that devotes around five hours each week to foundation activities.

Recent tax filings suggest MacDonald’s global development grantmaking prioritizes large international organizations that focus on poverty alleviation. For example, the foundation has awarded grants to major organizations such as the Carter Center, Heifer International, and Oxfam. The foundation also awards a few grants to human rights groups such as the International Rescue Committee and Social Accountability International.

Grant range from $1,000 to $10,000. MacDonald makes a handful of grants between $15,000 to $30,000 range on the rare occasion.

The foundation takes a proactive approach to grantmaking, and does not accept unsolicited applications or requests. That said, while MacDonald does support a number of the same organizations year after year, new groups make it on its grant lists each year as well. Grantseekers, however, must contact the foundation to establish a relationship.


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Marquis George MacDonald Foundation

PO Box 803878

Chicago, Illinois 60680