For 35 years the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation has funded scores of organizations that provide sustenance, education, healthcare and hope to vulnerable children throughout the developing world and the United States.
We focus on alleviating the suffering experienced by vulnerable children and, when possible, strive toward the elimination of its root causes. Our partners may be large or small community based 501(c)(3) organizations, but all focus on serving the health, educational, and human rights needs of vulnerable children in the developing world.
Primary International Funding Interests: The Ross Foundation provides support for public charities that aid vulnerable children up to the age of 18 throughout the developing world.
The Foundation focuses on supporting three populations with particularly critical needs and also programs that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. We note the overlap and diversity of these populations and do, on occasion, support organizations whose work may be in allied or supporting areas.
Our primary focus is on:
- trafficked and exploited children;
- children with disabilities;
- displaced children;
- programs that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their families and which provide the bedrock for child heath, safety and development.
In addition, many of the programs supported by the Foundation focus on ensuring that children are safe and have access to education and care. We aim to promote the dignity of all children and facilitate the child’s active and full participation in their community.
1. Funding Program Area Descriptions
2. Guidelines for Organizations Receiving Support
Organizations funded in 2015 can be found in our Annual Grants Report.
The Foundation receives proposals by invitation only. If, after thoroughly reading our program guidelines, reviewing the list of grants made in 2015, and confirming that your organization is a US Government recognized 501(c)(3) organization and that your program work is in the developing world, you may send a brief description of your organization, the program that you feel best fits our guidelines and a link to your website. If, after reviewing the material, we feel that there is a close fit between our program and yours, we will forward a detailed on-line Letter of Inquiry that you may compete and which will be considered for funding.