Ra5 Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Ra5 Foundation supports charitable programs designed to eradicate poverty and empower and assist women and at-risk youth.

IP TAKE: This is not a foundation for organizations just getting off the ground. Instead, it seeks out entities that have a defined business model, a measurable track record of success, and are looking to scale.

PROFILE: Established in 2011, the Ra5 Foundation was launched by Southern California couple Robert and Alecia Seidler. Robert is a partner and founder of Seidler Equity Partners, a family-oriented private equity fund that provides capital and management support to growing entrepreneurial companies across the United States. The Ra5 Foundation supports charitable programs designed to eradicate poverty and empower and assist women and at-risk youth.

The foundation funds high-impact non-profit organizations run by dedicated, passionate individuals who are determined to solve societal problems. Many of the foundation’s grantees work on a global level, including in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Through the years, the foundation has steadily supported Casa da Criança Amor & Arte, a “children's art, educational, and sports community center in Jataí, Goiás, Brasil.”

Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 per year. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away close to $350,000. Grantees have included Laboratoria, which “works for thousands of women in Latin America to develop careers in tech that will change their future, while making the industry more diverse” ; Muso, which “builds health systems to save lives by reaching patients faster” ; and Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a “social enterprise whose mission is to invest in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) to drive social and economic change.”

RA5 provides unrestricted grants to nonprofits over a three-year grant cycle for organizations that meet its criteria. This is not a foundation for organizations just getting off the ground. Instead, it seeks out entities that have a defined business model, a measurable track record of success, and are looking to scale. The foundation does not detail its application process, but organizations can reach out through its contact page.

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CONTACT:

Ra5 Foundation
4640 Admiralty Way, Ste 1200
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292