Rockdale Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Rockdale Foundation supports organizations that address vulnerable youth populations. It predominantly directs its grantmaking to education-related programs.

IP TAKE: While Rockdale is not a big global development grantmaker, it funds both small and large organizations. As a result, grassroots organizations are likely to receive funding support.

PROFILE: Founded in 1994, the Rockdale Foundation seeks to “help vulnerable children and youth achieve wholeness.” According to Rockdale, about 50 percent of the world’s population is currently under the age of 25 and nearly 90 percent of the world’s young people live in developing countries. As a result, the foundation dedicates about half of its global development grants to organizations that address international youth populations, while the rest of the grants awarded support education programs. The foundation facilitates its mission through domestic and international grantmaking in three main programs: Leadership, Education, and Children & Youth. 

Foundation-wide, Rockdale seeks organizations that have the capability to achieve scalable and sustainable impact within its areas of grantmaking interest. In this capacity, Rockdale takes a two-pronged approach by funding grassroots organizations that are tuned into the needs of their local communities while also supporting large organizations that have the ability to affect more widespread change by working with governments and influencing national policy making.

For a broader sense of the types of organizations Rockdale supports, examine its International Partners page.

Rockdale grants range between $10,000 and $50,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or grant proposals. As a result, grantseekers should contact the staff in order to establish a relationship.


  • Kathleen Barksdale, President
  • Jody Stephenson, CFO