Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation does not have a specific global health grantmaking program, but it awards a few substantial grants each year to large INGOs working in developing countries around the world.

IP TAKE: Goldsmith is not an accessible funder, but it generously funds global health causes and many of its grantees enjoy multi-year support from the foundation.

PROFILE: Established in 1955 by Horace W. Goldsmith, the foundation supports arts and culture programs, museums, health care organizations, higher education, and Jewish causes in the United States. When Goldsmith passed in 1980, half of his foundation’s assets were divided between the Vital Projects Fund and the Charina Endowment Fund. However, the foundation itself retained a large chunk of its assets even after endowing Vital Projects and Charina. It does not operate a website, and thus, keeps a low public profile. 

Internationally, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation primarily makes grants to global health and development organizations, with other grants supporting poverty alleviation and other humanitarian causes. Its tax filings reveal an affinity for large international organizations mounting more generalized global health campaigns. For instance, the foundation supports the University of California, San Francisco’s Global Health program—which is a reflection of the foundation’s dedication to higher education. The foundation has also funded PATH, an international health organization, and has occasionally given to smaller global health groups such as Last Mile Health and VisionSpring.

While the foundation does not have a specific global health giving program, related grants are rather substantial and often range from $75,000 to $200,000. The foundation does not restrict its grantmaking geographically. Its global health grants go toward groups and projects that benefit vulnerable and marginalized populations in developing countries.

The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry.


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Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
375 Park Avenue, Suite 1602
New York City, New York 10152
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