The Kohlberg Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: Kohlberg does not name specific grantmaking priorities regarding its support of post-secondary institutions.

IP TAKE: Kohlberg typically supports larger research organizations and academic institutions, and as a result, small research organizations may find it difficult to secure funding.

PROFILE: The Kohlberg Family Foundation reflects the philanthropic priorities of its founders, Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg. Jerry Kohlberg, who passed away in 2015, was the cofounder of private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and is often considered a “pioneer of the private equity industry.” The Kohlberg Foundation describe its grantmaking as having an “unfettered, roll-up-your-sleeves quality.” Its supports health and medical research, education, and the environment.

In education, the foundation tends to support to large academic institutions. For example, in the past Kohlberg has awarded grants to schools such as Swarthmore, City University of New York, Marlboro College, and the University of San Diego.

Grant amounts vary widely, and range from $1,000 to $2.5 million. Most grants range between $10,000 to $100,000. To learn more about Kohlberg grantees, explore its annual reports.

The Kohlberg Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals or requests for funding. The foundation does, however, review unsolicited letters of inquiry. Grantseekers should note that those LOIs should be no more than one page.

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