Roth Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Roth Family Foundation’s global development grantmaking focuses primarily on overall economic development and causes related to women's and girls empowerment.

IP TAKE: Roth’s global development grantmaking is less clear than its other interests. However, the foundation tends to support grassroots groups rather than large international organizations. 

PROFILE: Established in 1966 by Harry, Louis and Fannie Roth, the Los Angeles-based Roth Family Foundation dedicates much of its grantmaking to Californian organizations; however, it also runs a global grantmaking program. The foundation is committed to "[p]rogressive social change" and addresses related issues such as freedom, civil rights, access to education, and social justice in its grantmaking. Its global grantmaking focuses on supporting organizations that "[p]romote comprehensive programs in the areas of water access, women's and girls' reproductive health, civil and political rights and economic development."

In the U.S., Roth supports food security, biodiversity, local farming, agriculture, agricultural education and nutrition. It also funds efforts to foster economic and sustainability, presumably in the agricultural community. Grantseekers working in these areas may have a better chance at securing Roth’s funding attentions.

Grants are relatively modest, and range between $5,000 to $15,000. The foundation is not opposed to multiyear awards, which are limited to three consecutive years. To learn more about the types of organizations receiving Roth Family Foundation support, explore its Grant Profiles webpage.

The foundation offers both general operating and program-specific grants. At this time, Roth is not accepting applications, but grantseekers should check with the foundation's website to see if this policy has changed. 


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