The Samuel Rubin Foundation supports organizations working for peace, social justice and human rights, particularly those working at the intersection of these issues. We are especially interested in organizations with a focus on the prevention and resolution of violent conflict, disarmament, reproductive justice, media justice, racial justice, and empowering the traditionally disenfranchised, including people of color, women, and youth.
We understand how much time and effort goes into fundraising. As part of an ongoing attempt to streamline our grant process, starting in Fall of 2020, we are implementing a Letter of Inquiry to save a significant amount of time and work for new applicants. Before submitting an LOI, please be aware that we fund very few unsolicited proposals, generally less than five per year.
Because we are a very small foundation, we do not have the capacity to provide guidance with your LOI. We recommend that new applicants review the application guidelines and lists of previously awarded grantees to best gauge if your organization or project is in alignment with the foundation’s mission and interests.
Board members meet two times per year to review proposals – in November and June. Applicants are notified of the board’s decisions via email within one week of the meeting. The foundation has limited discretionary funds for smaller ‘emergency’ grants between board meetings, however, we encourage you to observe the regular application deadlines unless an ‘emergency’ grant is absolutely necessary.
The foundation does not accept applications through the mail. All applicants must use our online application system: http://tinyurl.com/rubinfdn
If you are new to the foundation you will be asked to create an account. If you are unsure whether your organization has an account, or if you need to be added to an existing account, please contact us.