Skees Family Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Skees Family Foundation focuses its global development grantmaking on poverty alleviation, education and job creation.

IP TAKE: Even though Skees does not accept unsolicited requests for funding, all of its grants are unrestricted. This is an excellent funder especially for smaller and grassroots organizations.

PROFILE: In 2005 Suzanne Skees founded the Skees Family Foundation in order to "[e]nd poverty by partnering with social entrepreneurs scaling self-help models in education and job creation and leveraging storytelling for social change." Its global development grantmaking centers on poverty alleviation, education, and job creation. 

Skees is a funder apart. It only requires that grantees conduct work related to the foundation's overall mission of poverty alleviation. Since the foundation names education and job creation as specific areas of interest, Skees gives widely to related causes. However, the foundation also considers other root causes of poverty. As a result, it awards grants to support healthcare, WASH, women’s and girls’ empowerment, food security, and nutrition, among others. On a smaller scale, Skees also funds groups that address sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of young women.

The Skees Family Foundation offers three main types of grants: Seed Grants are awarded for one-year and range from $5,000 to $10,000. Organizations must have an annual budget of $25,000 or less to qualify. Catalyst Grants are awarded for three years and total $45,000. These are reserved for groups with annual budgets ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.Storytelling Grants are one-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. The foundation gives preference to previous grantees here.

To learn more about the organizations receiving Skees Family support, explore its current grantees list.

The foundation also operates a Social Impact Investing program, which makes program related investments in organizations whose missions closely align with the foundation’s.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.


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