Tosa Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Tosa awards just a few global development related grants annually. Tosa prioritizes international affairs and international development as they relate to poverty and food security.

IP TAKE: Tosa may be among the largest philanthropic organizations in the U.S., but it keeps an incredibly low profile and much of its global grantmaking is directed to large international organizations. Grantseekers will have some extensive networking prior to being able to submit a proposal.

PROFILE: The Tosa Foundation is a family foundation created by the Silicon-Valley billionaire couple John and Tashia Morgridge. The Morgridges signed the Giving Pledge along with a number of ultra-wealthy including, George Soros and Bill and Melinda Gates. In doing so, they engage the "giving while living" philanthropic approach. 

Tosa's global development grantmaking is among the smallest foundation wide. The majority of its grantmaking supports U.S.-based educational and medical organizations. While it is difficult to secure global development funding through Tosa, it is not impossible. Tosa's global development grants often support large international outfits like Oxfam, the African Leadership Foundation, CARE, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee. Despite it's size, however, Tosa's international grantmaking only ranges from a few thousand dollars to $25,000. Large INGOs are the exception and have received upwards of $2 million in some cases. In other words, even large INGOs receive small grants in contrast from other foundations. 

While Tosa offers multi-year grant support to a few, big international organizations, it has also awarded small, unknown organizations. For instance, it has supported Un Kilo de Ayuda, which works to eradicate child malnutrition; and the Friend of Hue Foundation, which focuses its attention on helping victims of natural disaster in the Thua Thien Hue province of Central Vietnam. 

Tosa does not have a website and has a minimal internet presence as well. Would-be grantees would be advised to use direct contact to attract Tosa's attention.


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