Segal Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) largely supports African-led grassroots organizations that address the most pressing challenges related to the region’s youth population. SFF's geographically focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, West Africa, East Africa, and Southern Africa.

IP TAKE: This funder prides itself on building lasting and respectful relationships with its grantees and supports the entire grantee organization rather than individual projects or programs.

PROFILE: When Barry Segal traveled to Africa for the first time in 2007, he made two key observations: Talented people lack viable opportunities; and organizations working on similar issues in Africa are doing so with little to no collaboration. When Segal returned to the States, he decided to narrow the Segal Family Foundation’s giving priorities to focus on “Sub Saharan Africa and community-based organizations that have the localized knowledge needed to create sustainable change in their communities.” SFF awards grants out of two programs: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Supporting Productive Youth.

The foundation’s Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health program supports organizations that empower young people through the provision of comprehensive reproductive health services. Main areas of interest include increased access to contraception; adolescent sexual and reproductive health services including contraceptives and family planning education; and increasing access to safe abortions, including improving post-abortion care.

SFF's Supporting Productive Youth program seeks to increase the quality of secondary and post-secondary education for boys and girls and to address skills and career development gaps between school and the workforce.

The Segal Family Foundation grants range from $10,000 to $40,000 for first-time grantees. It also limits its grants to between 20 to 30 percent of the applying organization’s budget. In addition to its traditional grantmaking, SFF offers it grantees the opportunity to participate in its Targeted Capacity Support program (TCS). It seeks to increase the SFF grantees' impact. For grantees operating in Burundi, the foundation offers the opportunity to participate in its Social Impact Incubator, which fosters increased collaboration between local organizations and provides access to capacity building tools for Burundi-based NGOs.

The Segal Family Foundation has additional rules and restrictions for applying organizations. Most of them are relatively standard; however, it will only fund NGOs that have at least two years of operations and successful fundraising endeavors under their belts.

SFF does accept unsolicited applications via its website, and applicants can expect to hear some initial feedback within a few weeks.

PEOPLE: 

  • Andy Bryant, Executive Director
  • Katherine Anderson, Knowledge and Impact Manager

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