Susan and Donald Babson Charitable Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Babson Charitable Foundation supports diverse global development efforts addressing exploitation of people, poverty alleviation and social injustice.

IP TAKE: This is an approachable funder that makes around 40 to 50 modest grants to global development groups each year. Since Babson is not keen on awarding multi-year grants, this is a good resource for new grantseekers.

PROFILE: The Massachusetts-based Susan and Donald Babson Charitable Foundation awards grants to groups that seek to “prevent exploitation, poverty, and injustice.” The foundation does not focus on any one particular group or population. 

Babson operates both a Competitive Grant and Discretionary Grant program. The Discretionary program awards grants according to the interests of trustees and family members and does not accept applications. Its Competitive program, on the other hand, accepts unsolicited grant applications, which are due by February 28 of each year. Online applications are made available about two months before that deadline.

Grant amounts typically range from around $1,000 to $10,000 and are generally awarded for one year. The foundation does on occasion consider multi-year grants. Grantees are relatively diverse, with past awards to Children’s Defense Fund, Human Rights Watch and AIDS United, among others. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Babson supports, explore its Grants Awarded page. 

The Babson Charitable Foundation does not make capital grants, but it does make program-specific as well as general operating support grants. Applications received by the deadline are reviewed by the trustees the following month, and invitations for full proposals are then made. Applicants should plan accordingly here as grants are not generally awarded until June.


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