Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation's international grantmaking supports health and education causes in developing countries.

IP TAKE: Cabot supports organizations of many sizes, which makes it a good resource for grassroots organizations. However, Cabot requires organizations to outline how a project will proceed without Cabot funding because it does not want to be a sole financial supporter.

PROFILE: The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation was established by Thomas and Virginia Wellington Cabot in 1992 to practice responsible philanthropy for the “benefit of mankind.” The foundation gives in four key areas: culture and humanities, education and youth, conservation and environment, and health and human services.

The foundation is quiet about what it looks for in its grantmaking. Its website is sparse; however, its past international grantmaking patterns reveal a tendency to support organizations that address health and human services, education and youth. For instance, Cabot has supported organizations focused on women’s and girls’ empowerment in Africa. It has also supported children's education in developing countries.

Cabot divides its grants relatively evenly between small, mid-sized, and large organizations. To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, explore its latest annual report.

Grants generally range between $10,000 and $40,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals and grant applications are by invitation only. Also, groups invited to apply must gain the support of a Cabot family member in order for the application to be officially accepted.


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