Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The McDaniel Charitable Trust is a modest funder of global poverty alleviation efforts around the world.

IP TAKE: McDaniel tends to give multi-year support to large INGOs that address poverty in least-developed countries around the world. Coupled with its low public profile, this suggests grantseekers may have to overcome a few hurdles to get this funder's attention.

PROFILE: Established in California in the late 1970s, the Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust continues to dedicate much of its domestic grantmaking to organizations that work on behalf of people in its home state. In the global development space, the trust focuses on poverty alleviation around the world. 

The Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust is a modest supporter of global poverty alleviation outfits based in the U.S. The trust tends to support larger organizations such as Care USA, a leading humanitarian group.

McDaniel's grantee list demonstrates a proclivity to support large international NGOs, but its tax filings reveal its diverse giving to poverty alleviation. For example, Heifer International focuses on alleviating poverty and increasing food security by supporting small scale farmers in least-developed countries and Finca International uses financial inclusion as a vehicle for its anti-poverty mission.

While McDaniel's appears to favor large INGOs, its grants are fairly modest compared to the size of the organizations it supports, generally from $1,000 to $10,000. Past grantees include big players in the global poverty alleviation and humanitarian landscape, such as Oxfam, Heifer International and Finca International.

The trust does not operate a website or employ a paid staff, and does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Its low profile can make it difficult for grantseekers to get in touch to make an introduction.


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Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust
505 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 283-1850