Since 2010, the Global Neighborhood Fund (GNF) has gathered locally to learn about global issues, members have pooled their philanthropic dollars, and the Fund has granted over $65,000 to grass-roots organizations in the Global South. Through quarterly educational sessions, GNF has inspired international giving above and beyond the Fund.
In addition to collective giving, GNF has facilitated strategic partnerships between grant recipients other Santa Barbara based organizations. For example, Tiyatien Health and Direct Relief International have partnered on an innovative approach to treating childhood pneumonia in Liberia.
GNF is a volunteer-based group where members discuss countries of interest and research grass-roots efforts that are making strides to achieve social and economic justice in the Global South. All GNF members are presented with a ballot and an opportunity to vote on the projects they wish to support. All GNF grants are directed by membership, as GNF’s ability to make grants is dependent on individual membership contributions.
- 2012 Grants Announced
In their second grantmaking year, the Global Neighborhood Fund has announced $40,000 in grants to five organizations in support of revitalizing the war-torn country of Liberia:
- Made in Liberia - $5,000 to provide women with access to information on personal, financial, and technical skills training through the Right to Work Training Program. Program graduates will be given full time employment with benefits. Website | Grant Fact Sheet
- Tiyatien Health – $15,000 to provide maternal healthcare training for Frontline Healthworkers. Website | Grant Fact Sheet
- Think Social Services- $10,000 to provide for shelter, medical care, vocational skills training, parenting and childcare classes, life skills training, and education on prevention and response to gender-based violence for girls with social problems and who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Website | Grant Fact Sheet
- Liberian Early Childhood Education - $10,000 to support the launch of an early childhood education program in partnership with the Liberian Department of Education by training 400 teachers Website | Grant Fact Sheet
View a list of previous grant recipients and educational events.