Zients Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Zients Family Foundation focuses its global development grantmaking on women’s social and economic empowerment and education.

IP TAKE: Zients does not accept unsolicited grant applications and tends to support the same organizations for multiple years, which makes it challenging for new grantseekers. It also maintains does not maintain a website.  

PROFILE: The Zients Family Foundation’s global development giving typically focuses on women's economic and social empowerment. Its giving also emphasizes like-minded education programs. While the foundation does not cite specific geographic restrictions regarding beneficiary population locations, tax filings reveal that Zients tends to prioritize African women in Africa.

Although it is located in Washington, D.C., the Zients Family Foundation does not appear to favor regional organizations over others. Zients' grants are modest and range from $1,000 to $50,000. It often awards large INGOs, such as Women for Women International, but supports smaller organizations like Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Occasionally, Zients awards grants to projects that focus on women’s rights, as they related to women's empowerment, and peacebuilding. 

The Zients Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding and prefers a proactive approach in its giving. The foundation does not operate a website, but has one paid staff member. While this may offer a way in for new grantseekers, gaining funding from this foundation may still prove difficult.


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Zients Family Foundation

4500 Garfield Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007