Human Rights Grants Awarded In June 2010

Last week on Wednesday, the Overbrook Foundation held its June 2010 Board Meeting and approved approximately $1.4 million in its Environment and Human Rights Program. I’m going to blog today about some of the organizations that the Foundation looks forwarded to partnering with in next year from its Human Rights Program.

In support of its Human Rights work, the Board approved 15 grants under the categories of domestic human rights, international human rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights and movement building. Eleven of the proposals were for continued support of existing organizations or projects previously supported by the Foundation.

In its International Human Rights work, the Foundation awarded grants to four organizations: WITNESS for promoting video advocacy in the Americas, Human Rights Center for its International Human Rights Fellows Programs, Human Rights First for protecting human rights defenders in Latin America, and Conectas, for enhancing access to justice for vulnerable groups in Brazil. The total amount awarded was $175,000.

Under its Gender Rights Program, the Foundation also awarded a total of $165,000 in grants to International Planned Parenthood, Freedom to Marry, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a first time grant to Search for Common Ground.

In the Domestic Human Rights category, the Board awarded a total of $240,000 in grants. Recipients include The Innocence Project, Breakthrough, a first time grant to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and The Public Interest Projects for the US Human Rights Fund.

In its Movement Building category, Overbrook awarded three grants totaling $100,000; grants were awarded to the American Constitution for Law and Policy, a first time grant for the nonprofit news organization Mother Jones for reporting on domestic human rights and a renewal grant to The Women’s Media Center.

Lastly, there was also a shared grant between the Environment and Human Rights Program to National Public Radio for their continued coverage of environmental and human rights issues on NPR News.

In total, the Human Rights Program awarded $710,000 in grants in June. If you’re interested in seeing a complete list of grants awarded by the Foundation in 2010 (as well amount awarded), please click here, which will take you to our website.

In the next few days Samantha will blog about some of the grants awarded from the Foundation’s Environment program, so stay tuned!