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 “improve the quality of people’s lives around the world.” Pentair awards grants through three main programs: 

  • Food: Seeks innovative solutions to water reuse and management as it related to food production. Areas of specific interest including agricultural development, aquaculture, aquaponics, research, and education.
  • Water: Pentair considers water to be “one of the foundations of freedom and economic development.” The foundation supports projects in sustainable access to safe water, water conservation, and water reuse.
  • Education: The foundation views education as a “key to economic development and improved living standards.” Pentair awards grants to groups increasing education opportunities and improving access to children in developing countries. 

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. The foundation may also be contacted: pentairfoundation@pentair.com. 

PEOPLE: 

  • Amy Skoczlas Cole, Executive Director

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