Poses Family Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Poses Family Foundation does not have a specific mental health grantmaking program, but it does give fairly widely to organizations working in the fields of suicide prevention, learning disabilities, brain injuries, and autism.

IP TAKE: Poses makes some significant grants to mental health groups at the local level, making it a good resource for small to mid-sized organizations.

PROFILE: Established by Nancy and Fred Poses, the New York-based Poses Family Foundation (PFF) seeks to create sustainable, scalable impact in its areas of giving interest. Tax filings show decent-sized grants to suicide prevention causes as well as help for people with learning disabilities, brain injuries and autism.

PFF supports a few large national organizations in its mental health grantmaking, but mainly supports community-based nonprofits that work to benefit local populations.

Poses awards grants to national organizations, but appears to show funding preference to groups working in its home state of New York. Grant amounts can total anywhere from $5,000 to over $500,000 but typically fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.

This family foundation keeps a low public profile, and as mentioned previously, does not have a website. It does have a formal paid staff, however, which makes it easier for grant seekers to get in touch.

Poses does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding, opting instead to make grants by invitation only.


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Poses Family Foundation

145 Hudson Street, Suite 5B

New York, New York 10013

(646) 613-8934