Colette Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Collette Foundation’s grantmaking revolves around providing children with access to basic human needs with an emphasis on hunger relief and education.

IP TAKE: This funder may not accept unsolicited grant applications, but it does show a proclivity for supporting new grassroots groups each year. So, while Collette offers a few global development outfits multi-year support, it seeks new groups to support each year.

PROFILE: The Collette Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the travel company by the same name. While the company itself was established in 1918, the foundation was not created until the mid-2000s, when Dan Sullivan Jr., Collette’s president and CEO, returned from a trip to Peru. During that visit, Sullivan witnessed firsthand malnourished children who lacked basic necessities and access to education. The lack of these basic necessities became the foundation for Colette's grantmaking.

With a mission to “[e]qualize the playing field for all children, no matter their circumstance,” the Collete Foundation supports programs that work to provide children with access to basic human needs. Its giving in this area emphasizes hunger relief and education. The foundation awards grants for work in both developed and least-developed countries, including Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Peru, South Africa and the United States. Collette also supports projects and programs in countries where the company has an operational presence like Brazil, China and Costa Rica.

Collette grants are relatively modest, and typically range from $1,000 to $15,000. Tax filings reveal a tendency to support large INGOs such as Plan International. However, a majority of its grantmaking supports smaller, local and grassroots groups. Organizations like Tenderfeet Foundation, Journeys Within our Community, and Peruvian Hearts have received grants from Colette in the past.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding. Instead, it proactively seeks out global development outfits to support. 


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