John and Anne Duffy Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The John and Anne Duffy Foundation does not specify which areas of global development it funds, but it appears to prioritize poverty alleviation efforts around the world.

IP TAKE: Duffy’s overall grantmaking is community-focused. Grantseekers that highlight how their work directly benefits local communities may have a better chance at obtaining funding.

PROFILE: Based in Tucson, Arizona, the John and Anne Duffy Foundation focuses its international grantmaking on children and families living in poverty around the world. This is a small family foundation that awards modest sized grants to large international development organizations and a few global health groups. 

Duffy does not award a large number of international grants each year, usually fewer than 10. And as mentioned previously, they tend to favor large organizations like Oxfam America and the International Rescue Committee. The foundation does not name specific topics of grantmaking interest as far as global poverty alleviation efforts are concerned. Past support has gone to organizations in food security, access to education and sustainable agriculture.

Across the entire foundation, grants range anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000, although most range from $1,000 to $10,000, including global development grants. 

Duffy keeps a low public profile, does not maintain a website, and does not employ a formal staff. Although it does not accept unsolicited grant application or requests for funding, the foundation seems open to new organizations: a few new global grantees appear on its rosters each year. First-time grantseekers should expect competition from veteran grantees of this funder.


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The John and Anne Duffy Foundation
2420 E. Camino La Zorrela
Tucson, Arizona 85718