Requests for funding

To expand the pool of charitable opportunities that we are able to evaluate, we accept grant applications from potential grantees.

How we can help

There are three ways we may be able to help:

  1. We typically make small grants of between $50,000 and $300,000 from our various Funds, though in special cases we would consider larger sums.
  2. We can recommend much larger one-time grants of up to $5m to large donors.
  3. We can recommend programs to members on an ongoing basis. Such recommended programs tend to draw in variously-sized donations from Founders Pledge members several times per year.

Who should apply

We are particularly interested in work being done in four areas:

  • Global health and development, especially programs that can, in expectation, save a life for under $4,000, avert a DALY for under $70, or double income for one person at a cost of less than $30. Note that this includes interventions that affect economic growth. We don’t necessarily require that grantees be able to point to an RCT in order to demonstrate cost-effectiveness.
  • Global catastrophic risk, especially programs that can affect the likelihood of war between great powers, reduce risks from advanced artificial intelligence, or mitigate the possibility that biomedical advances could be used to cause harm.
  • Climate, especially programs that can make a compelling case for advancing an important solution neglected by the large existing climate philanthropy and action effort.
  • Animal welfare, mainly corporate campaigns — especially in geographies where other animal welfare charities aren’t working — as well as on novel bets on cellular agriculture and plant-based meats, including those that are trying to increase public R&D funding.

How it works

Please fill out the form below. We’ll review submissions on an ongoing basis, and will reach out for more information to those applicants who we think are potentially a good fit.

Note we cannot respond individually to each applicant. If you do not hear from us within one month, please assume that you are not the right fit for our grant-making program.

If you have questions, please reach out to requestsforfunding@founderspledge.com. Please put the topic of your question in the subject line.

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