OVERVIEW: The Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation does not name specific areas of funding interest. Generally, it supports larger international NGOs. Toll Gage also makes a few global health grants each year.
IP TAKE: This is not an easily accessible funder and it maintains a low profile; however, it offers both general operating support and project specific grants. So, it may be worth the extra legwork to get in touch.
PROFILE: Based in Atlanta, the Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation largely supports overseas projects that address global health and development. It is a small-sized, family foundation with assets between $6 million to $8 million.
While Gage does not articulate specific areas of grantmaking priority, its tax filings reveal its support of a range of development causes from poverty alleviation to orphaned children in Africa. In the health field, it seems to prefer large international organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.
Despite its size, the foundation awards several grants each year – generally about 30 to 40 – to various global health and development charities. Grants range from $2,000 to $60,000; however, most grants fall between $5,000 and $30,000.
The foundation’s public profile is virtually nonexistent. It does not operate a website, and it does not employ a formal staff or accept unsolicited requests for funding. Moreover, not only does this funder tend to extend multi-year support year after year, but also awards multiple grants to the same groups in a single year.
Should grantseekers want to approach the foundation, they must consider that the board generally meets only once a year, in May or June. Grantseekers should introduce themselves well before the board meets.
- Larry Hooks, Trustee
3414 Peachtree Rd., Ste. 722
Atlanta, GA United States 30326