Frank Pernell Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Frank Pernell Foundation concentrates on poverty alleviation predominately in Africa. This funder also supports global health groups working in least developed countries around the world.

IP TAKE: Pernell is an approachable funder that accepts unsolicited grant requests year round. Grantseekers should be forewarned that the foundation tends to support the same groups over multiple years.

PROFILE: The Colorado-based Frank Pernell Foundation was established in the late 1980s. It describes itself as a supporter of "[o]rganizations established to combat poverty," foster family planning and advocates for the environment. Pernell is a small funder that divides the majority of its grants between global health and global development organizations. Pernell typically awards a small number of grants each year, generally around 10.

In the global development space, Pernell tends to support larger organizations that work in Africa. Past grantees include Africare, which received a grant from Pernell to support its ongoing sustainable community development work in Africa. The One Acre Fund is also a past grantee having received an award for its aid to smallholder farmers in East Africa.

In the global health space, Pernell's pattern of supporting relatively large international organizations remains. However, rather than focus exclusively on Africa, Pernell’s global health grantmaking is rather broad and concentrates on least-developed countries and medically underserved regions of the world. Past grantees include Doctors Without Borders and Project Cure.

Pernell grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. This is an approachable funder that accepts written grant applications throughout the year.


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Frank Pernell Foundation
3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227