PaperSeed Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The PaperSeed Foundation focuses its global development grants to increase and strengthen young people and children's access to educational opportunities in low-income communities and regions around the world.

IP TAKE: PaperSeed supports educational programs that are sustainable and efficient. Should supported organizations hit roadblocks on their way to success, the foundation works with grantees to determine what went wrong and how to fix any problems.

PROFILE: Located in San Rafael, California, the PaperSeed Foundation is “dedicated to strengthening educational opportunities for children and young people in underserved and resource-lacking communities around the world.” CellMark, one of the world's foremost providers of chain supply services to the pulp and paper industry, underwrites all "operating and administrative expenses" for PaperSeed, which allows "100 percent of donations to directly benefit innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and projects working to strengthen education." The foundation supports educational projects and organizations across the United States and abroad.

PaperSeed does not currently specify geographic regions of interest. However, giving patterns indicate a preference for low-income countries in the Global South, including those in Africa, South America, Latin America and Asia. On a smaller scale, PaperSeed awards grants in high-income countries, including Canada and the United States.

The foundation has six main priorities or subprograms in its education grantmaking: Deeper Learning for All, Creative Learning, Cultural Awareness, Environmental Education and Sound Structures. To get a broader sense of what these priorities are all about, visit How We Work.

PaperSeed does not award many grants each year, generally about 10 to 20. Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. The foundation offers grants for capacity building, training, management support and specific projects. According to PaperSeed’s latest tax filings, it does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications.

PEOPLE:

  • Aliyya Shelley Mattos, Executive Director
  • Diana Gray, Operations Assistant
  • Joe Hoffman, Chair
  • Hugo Galletta
  • Vic Rice
  • Yun Zheng
  • Doug Smith
  • Pernilla Jordan

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