Tomberg Family Philanthropies: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Tomberg Philanthropies awards global development grants to poverty alleviation organizations working in the United States and around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder supports organizations and programs that demonstrate ongoing sustainable after Tomberg grant funds have been exhausted.

PROFILE: The Tomberg Family Philanthropies is an umbrella term used to describe the philanthropic and charitable activities of the Tomberg Family. The organization is not a formal grantmaking charitable organization, rather, it awards grants via two donor-advices funds, the Philip and Helen Brecher Charitable Fund and the Marty Tomberg Charitable Fund. The philanthropies support projects and organizations that address poverty alleviation, environment, health and education focusing on “[s]upporting projects that help their recipients build capacities themselves that will last far beyond the end of the specific project.”

Although the foundation does not have grantmaking program dedicated to global development causes, its poverty alleviation focus supports such programs. Global development organizations that have received past support from Tomberg include the Grameen Foundation, which received funding for its poverty alleviation work through microfinance and digital technology; and CHF International, which received a grant to support its work improving social, economic and environmental conditions to low- and moderate-income communities around the world. To learn more about select Tomberg grantees, examine its current projects list.

Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000. Tomberg Family Philanthropies accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, typically beginning on August 1 of each year.

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