Pentair Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Pentair Foundation’s global development grantmaking focuses on food, water, and education in developing countries.

IP TAKE: Like its parent company, the foundation is keen on innovation and seeks solutions that have the potential for widespread impact in its areas of grantmaking interest.  

PROFILE: Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of the global water, fluid and thermal equipment protection multinational Pentair, the Pentair Foundation seeks to “[i]mprove the quality of people’s lives around the world.” Pentair awards grants through three main programs:  Food, Water and Education. 

Like most charitable arms of large multinationals, Pentair sometimes makes in-kind donations related to its grantmaking priorities. For example, water filters for elementary schools or pumps for filed irrigation in developing countries.

The Pentair Foundation’s focus on food, water, and education is relatively new. As a result, information regarding average grant amounts and the types of groups Pentair supports will not be available for some time. Until then, the foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its website. Additionally, the foundation has yet to impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. To date, Pentair’s global development related grants have supported organizations working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe.

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