Sackler Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Sackler Family Foundation backs diverse global development efforts around the world.

IP TAKE: Given the incredibly low public profile this foundation keeps, it may be difficult for newcomers to get in touch.

PROFILE: The Sackler name may be familiar, as it’s one of the three names behind the narcotic painkiller OxyContin. The Sackler Family Foundation keeps a low public profile, does not operate a website and does not employ a formal staff.

The foundation doesn’t award a large number of annual grants, and a good number of the ones it does award go to education in the United States. But some Sackler grants support global development efforts, though it doesn’t appear to have specific areas of focus.

Sackler’s global development grants range widely in dollar amounts, coming in anywhere from $1,000 up to $250,000. The foundation appears to back smaller, perhaps lesser-known organizations, which is great news for grassroots and local groups. For example, Invisible Children and the Global Poverty project are past grantees.

On a much smaller scale, the foundation awards one or two grants to global health each year.

The Sackler Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding, opting instead to make grants to preselected organizations.


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Sackler Family Foundation

17 East 62nd Street

New York, New York 10065

(212) 832-7900