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The Marineau Family Foundation was established in December, 2006, and is managed by family members who have a history of supporting organizations that benefit women, girls and education. Programs that benefit economically disadvantaged persons and violence prevention are priorities. The foundation will be concentrating its giving primarily in the cities where the directors reside – San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Fe.

The foundation will support nonprofit organizations or institutions that enable women and girls to live violence-free. It will also fund educational programs that provide key building blocks for success and allow persons to achieve lasting economic independence.

The foundation will award project and program grants to nonprofit, IRS: 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions that meet the following criteria:

  • Focus on developing skills for independence rather than merely meeting basic needs
  • Involve the populations served in planning and implementation
  • Collaborate with other organizations and institutions
  • Exhibit effective leadership that values transparency and respectful dialogue
  • Demonstrate strong planning and process development against a clear strategic plan
  • Describe what success looks like and measure against that description

Grants will be primarily made for one year occasionally three-year grants will be awarded.

Grants will be made in amounts from ten to one hundred thousand annually.

Smaller discretionary grants may be awarded for less than ten thousand dollars. All organizations that receive grants will be asked to describe what success will look like and evaluate the effectiveness of projects or programs.