Namaste Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Namaste Foundation focuses its global development grants mainly on human rights, education and water.

IP TAKE: Namaste supports small and grassroots groups, and to a lesser extent, mid-sized and large INGOs. It prioritizes giving to projects that benefit vulnerable communities or that tackle tough global development challenges.

PROFILE: Based in Redwood City, California, the Namaste Foundation “supports exceptional nonprofits in their inspiring pursuits of a more beautiful world.” Because several organizations go by the same name, grantseekers are advised to note the foundation's Redwood location. The foundation's giving interests range widely and support education, racial justice, human rights, the environment, storytelling and water. Although not geographically restricted, global development grants are offered to organizations that work in least-developed countries. 

The Namaste Foundation offers three types of grants, which it prefers to call “gifts”. Seed Gifts of $5,000 or less are typically awarded to small and local organizations. The same can be said for Support Gifts, which range from $5,000 to $25,000. The bulk of Namaste’s resources are managed by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The foundation’s Impact Gifts generally go to mid-sized and large organizations such as GiveDirectly and Doctors Without Borders. Impact grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Finally, the foundation's Beautiful World Gifts come in at $100,000 or above, and are typically awarded to one organization annually. 

Despite a complete site redesign, Namaste does not clearly state whether or not it accepts unsolicited requests for funding or grant applications. However, it does encourage interested parties to “start a conversation” with the foundation. 


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