Tinker Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Tinker supports global development efforts in Latin America, and prioritizes its giving on democratic governance, education, and sustainable resources management.

IP TAKE: Tinker is an approachable foundation, which concentrates its grantmaking in Latin America. The foundation supports large and small organizations and also offers general operating support.

PROFILE: Throughout his life, Edward Larocque Tinker studied and explored Hispanic culture in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the United States. In 1959, he established the Tinker Foundation, which focuses the majority of its global development grantmaking on projects that benefit Latin American countries. The foundation "promotes the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and to enhance understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and how U.S. policies may impact the region. 

The Tinker Foundation oversees three major grantmaking programs. Its Field Research and Visiting Professors programs support academic research in Latin America, while its Institutional Grants seeks "effective policy changes to improve the lives of Latin Americans." The program supports global development efforts in democratic governance, education, and sustainable resources management.

Tinker’s Democratic Governance program seeks to "establish conditions for equitable economic growth by strengthening the institutions for democratic governance, particularly those related to public security, access to justice and financial inclusion." This program also promotes equitable economic growth largely by promoting Latin American access to financial services and products.

The foundation’s education program centers on creating access to high-quality education and improving high school completion rates in economically disadvantaged youth populations. The foundation also awards education grant funds for research and evaluation projects that aim to help inform policymakers.

Tinker’s sustainable resource management grantmaking is broad and supports organizations that work to mitigate overexploitation of natural resources, conservation, and water scarcity. This program addresses environmental issues that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations.  

Institutional grants through Tinker typically range from about $100,000 to $200,000. The foundation accepts unsolicited, deadline-driven letters of inquiry twice a year. Deadlines typically fall on March 1 and September 15.

PEOPLE: 

  • Meg Cushing, Associate Director, Sustainable Resources Management & Cuba-related Initiatives

  • Rachel Fagiano, Program Associate, Democratic Governance

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