Mattel Children’s Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Mattel Children’s Foundation prioritizes children’s health, literacy, and after-school activities.

IP TAKE: This may be a tough funding nut to crack, but Mattel ultimately seeks to help children in need.

PROFILE: Established in 1978, the Mattel Children’s Foundation operates separately from its toy manufacturing corporate arm. For decades, the foundation has funded programs that make "[a] meaningful difference in the lives of children in need around the world.” The foundation's international grantmaking program supports kid-focused NGOs in 40 countries around the world. It prioritizes children’s health, literacy and after-school activities. The foundation also awards grants to organizations that help children in need, regardless of whether those services are related to its main areas of grantmaking interest.

Grantseekers should note that while Mattel's child health grantmaking focuses on specific diseases, it seems to emphasize programs that address children affected by AIDS, pediatric cancer, and juvenile diabetes. Much of the foundation’s grant money also supports children’s hospitals around the world.

Mattel grants range widely in size—anywhere from $50 to $500,000—although most fall into the $10,000 to $50,000 range. The foundation supports both large and small organizations but tends to the fund its “Signature Partners,” larger and international organizations.

The Mattel Children’s Foundation does not unsolicited grant applications, but encourages grantseekers to check its website often for new opportunities that may appear throughout the year.


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