Bedari Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW:  The Bedari Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to using its experience and resources to enable significant cultural shifts in the fields of mental health and wellness, community displacement, and environmental conservation.

IP TAKE: While the foundation has a website, it does not detail the foundation’s grantmaking process or guidelines. The foundation does have a focus area for mental health preferring to fund it more broadly.

PROFILE: The Bedari Foundation, formerly the Matthew and Jennifer Harris Family Foundation, was established in 2011. It was founded by businessman Matthew Harris and his wife Jennifer, who worked in public relations. Matthew Harris is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners. The Bedari Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to using its experience and resources to enable significant cultural shifts in the fields of mental health and wellness, community displacement, and environmental conservation.

Matthew and Jennifer Harris are on the board of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), an environmental organization they’ve supported for years. The foundation does have a focus area for mental health, though it’s unclear what it’s current projects are within this area. Mental health and wellness, though, is a clear interest. The Bedari Foundation states that it “strives to instill the mindfulness necessary to help solve mental health issues such as addiction, depression and trauma and environmental issues such as depletion of species, global warming and over-consumption.” The Foundation champions and encourages a philosophy of interconnected well-being and invests in and supports programs that further these ideals through action and education.

Grants range from $100,000 to 500,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $800,000. Past grantees have included American Foundation for Addiction Research, Equal Justice Initiative, and Foundation for Santa Barbara High School.

While the foundation has a website, it does not detail the foundation’s grantmaking process. The foundation is open to general inquiries at info@thebedarifoundation.org.

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