Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Canada-based Mary A. Tidlund Foundation focuses its global development grantmaking on education and poverty alleviation. The target beneficiary populations for Tidlund’s funding are women and children.

IP TAKE: Tidlund supports sustainable global development projects. Programs and projects lacking a clear and discernible path toward sustainability are unlikely to get funding from this foundation.

PROFILE: Based in Alberta, Canada and founded in 1998, the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation has supported global development projects in Asia, Africa, and in Central, South, and North America and seeks "to promote leadership, self-confidence and self-esteem through the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of health and education focusing on women and children." It prioritizes funding education, health, and poverty alleviation and has global programs in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and North America

Tidlund's education efforts support widespread efforts in its geographic regions of focus that promote and foster “education to communities, children, and adults.” The foundation awards grants supporting a variety of education projects related to after school tutoring, school renovations, leadership programs and outdoor education programs.

Similarly, its poverty alleviation program awards support income generation programs and microfinancing. The foundation focuses on organizations that combine education with generational income opportunities, and names agriculture and clean water practices as project examples. The overall goal of Tidlund’s poverty alleviation funding is to “empower women and children to provide for themselves for many generations going forward.”

The foundation tends to partner with its grantees. Grants range between $40,000 and $100,000. Tidlund is rather opaque as far as its grantmaking—or partnering—strategies are concerned. While its website does not state that opposes making grants to U.S.-based organizations, it does mention that “many of its program ideas originate with individuals in Canada who wish to make a difference around the world.” Grantseekers are advised to reach out and introduce themselves. 

PEOPLE: 

  • Mary Tidlund, Founder and President 
  • Lisa Clement, Executive Director

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