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Strategic Grants and Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives, which are forums, convenings, conferences, and other public programs, are generally invited by the Foundation and are developed as partnerships between the Foundation and regional, national and international organizations. If you have any questions about our grantmaking program or would like to discuss a possible Strategic Initiative, please call or send us an email.

Grant & Program Restrictions

The Foundation makes grants and undertakes strategic initiatives only with nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and with public entities qualifying under Section 170(c). Grants are not made for unrestricted operating expenses or to cover operating deficits, or for capital expenditures, except in exceptional circumstances. Except for grants made to universities, indirect expenses are allowed up to 20% of the total budget. In general, grants are not awarded to endowments or political campaigns, provided directly to individuals or to efforts to influence legislation other than by making available the results of nonpartisan analysis and research.

With one exception, Foundation strategic grants and initiatives are limited geographically to the U.S. and to U.S.-based organizations. The exception is the human rights program, which is limited primarily to Russia and to Russia-based organizations. Grant requests from outside the U.S. and Russia under this program will not be considered.