In addition to the pledges inherited from the last board (chiefly a major grant to Myeloma UK which expires in May 2020), the current board of the Kreitman Foundation has entered grantmaking or supportive partnerships with the following organisations:
Our research identified gender norms as lying at the core of many of the challenges LGBTI+ children and young people face. Lifting Limits is a young organisation addressing these issues by targeting the UK curriculum, with ambitions to achieve change at a national level. We believe the impact of this will be huge not only for LGBTI+ children and young people but also for the broader children’s rights movement. Further down the line this would benefit society as a whole.
The Kreitman Foundation provided core funding during this pilot phase.
Just Like Us empowers LGBTI+ young people through a fantastic role model programme and their national initiative, School Diversity Week. Sitting in on some of this week, we were blown away by the amount of pro-LGBTI+ student participation and strength this must have brought LGBTI+ students.
The Kreitman Foundation contributed towards JLU’s core costs.
The focus of this coalition is to encourage debate surrounding whether charities' investments ought to align with their objects. We believe this is a worthwhile discussion and have put our name to it. Subscribing to this movement was free.
A small number of founder organisations came together to create this concept which asks funders to commit to a number of steps towards incorporating the climate crisis into their work. Not all of these funders necessarily have the environment as a grantmaking focus but all recognise the need to 'climtise' their thinking. The Kreitman Foundation wholeheartedly endorses this process.
The KF made a grant to help the Kayapó tribe of the Brazilian Amazon to stage the largest meeting of its leaders in over a decade. Following the worst-on-record Amazonian fires and Brazil’s election of a hostile rightwing government, the Kayapó face unprecedented threats as a people and as custodians of 10m hectares of pristine rainforest. The need to agree a coordinated action plan to push back against encroaching loggers, miners and politicians was urgent. This summit brings together 450 senior figures from 80 villages, including 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Chief Raoni. Funds will facilitate a complex logistical operation, ensuring a population spread across remote rainforest can speak and act as one.
The fossil fuel divestment movement encourages moving investments away from fossil fuel companies on the basis charities (of all institutions) should not invest in companies that perpetuate issues they're trying to address with their grant making. Whilst divestment may have little financial impact on those companies, it nevertheless raises awareness and hopefully prompts fossil fuel companies to make greater efforts to focus on renewable energy. It may also help give politicians a basis for action, not to mention redistribute wealth on a global scale. The funds divested will be reinvested in climate-positive initiatives.
Subscribing to this movement was free.
We became signatories of a funder statement organised by London Funders (though by no means exclusive to London funders) to say that we recognise that the Covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and that we want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. The statement shows that we are committed to:
Maintaining grants and adapting activities in recognition of the fact some of the outputs or outcomes agreed for existing grants may be hard to achieve;
Discussing dates – especially re reporting deadlines;
Financial flexibility – acknowledging funding may need to be moved between budget headings to ensure work can continue; and
Listening – we are here if they want to talk to us about the situation they’re facing.