Flahive Family Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Flahive Family Foundation supports organizations that address maternal health and wellness, women’s health, education, and access to clean water in developing countries.

IP TAKE: With the exception of one or two large international health and established NGOs, the Flahive Foundation largely supports grassroots and local groups in its areas of grantmaking interest. The foundation tends to award project- and program-specific grants that support one of the Flahive family member’s personal passions or interests.

PROFILE: Roger and Katherine Flahive created the Flahive Family Foundation to “[g]ive back to society in the areas [they] believe have the most impact on people around the world.” The family foundation’s global grantmaking largely reflects the personal passions and interests of its family members. It also supports maternal health and wellness, women’s healthcare, education, and access to clean water.

Organizations that advocate for women's access to quality healthcare, address fistulas, and maternal health generally receive the majority of the foundation's public health grants. In the past, Flahive has also awarded grants related to the provision of sanitary napkins in Africa. Grant seekers should know that the foundation does not support medical treatment of diseases or scientific research.

In the water and sanitation space, the foundation focuses on the access to clean and running water through groups that are digging wells in Africa. A portion of these funds are also directed toward the costs of installing sustainable energy solutions to support the power needs of the newly installed wells.

Although not a global health matter, the foundation also supports community-based K-12 education projects in Africa.

The Flahive foundation does not impose explicit geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. However, it seems to prioritize projects in Africa and Patagonia. The foundation accepts unsolicited applications at any time. Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000.


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