Grantee Selection Process & Criteria
The Foundation will work diligently to identify potential grantees that have goals and purposes that align with the Foundation’s own. This effort will draw on extensive networks of like-minded NGOs and foundations operating in Europe and elsewhere. On a quarterly basis, a list of potential grantees will be presented to the Management Board for its consideration and approval.
In considering which organizations to fund, there will be a straightforward set of criteria applied to prospective grant recipients. As currently conceived, these criteria can be expressed as a series of questions that we ask of every potential grantee:
What are the goals of the beneficiary organization(s) under consideration?
Do they match the Foundation’s own commitment to humanitarian response and disaster relief; peace-building and conflict resolution; transparency and the rule of law; the development of a global culture of philanthropy; and enabling economic, social, and political progress and unlocking human potential by supporting poverty alleviation, employment, education,and enhanced health outcomes.
Where are these organizations based, and where do they operate?
The Foundation will fund organizations that operate in areas where we believe there is a combination of demonstrated need AND the opportunity to make a measurable difference. Thus far, much of the Foundation’s support has been targeted to organizations based in and/or active in Europe, which is a critical part of why the Foundation is based in the Netherlands.
How does the organization pursue its goals, what are its operational principles?
The Foundation is not only intent on funding organizations that are well-managed and efficient, it is seeking to support NGOs that are undertaking innovative approaches to tackle challenges like persistent poverty, humanitarian crisis, corruption, and inequality. For this reason, we are willing to take risks by providing early-stage, experimental funding to new and existing organizations and projects that are seeking to address global problems in novel, scalable, and, where appropriate, market-driven ways.
During its inaugural year of operation, Stichting Giustra International Foundation (SGIF) made a number of grants to leading NGOs operating globally. Among the donations made by the Foundation during 2020 are the following:
ICG, which is jointly headquartered in Brussels and New York, is one of the world’s leading organizations in the area of peace-building and conflict resolution, which firmly aligns it with one of SGIF’s grant-making priorities. ICG’s focus on blending advocacy, engagement, and frontline research makes it unique in the conflict resolution sector, as does the geographic breadth of its activities. This innovative approach to the field is also a critical reason behind SGIF’s support.
SGIF funding supported advocacy & strategic communications, including the hiring of a Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Communications; campaigns on Yemen, Iran, Venezuela, and Afghanistan; visualizations and videos; dialogue meetings related to Venezuela, Iran, Ukraine, and Mali/Sahel; and the Giustra Fellowship Program, which educates policymakers, raises awareness of the human cost of conflict, advocates education as a tool for tolerance and conflict, and produces go-to sources of information for academics and students.
SGIF is committed to addressing humanitarian crises, and the refugee issue, in particular. Elpida has pioneered an integrated and cost-effective approach to safely housing and supporting refugees in Greece, one of the European countries most affected by the large-scale influx of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Northern Africa during the past decade. SGIF supports Elpida because of the provable positive impact it has had on the lives of so many refugees, and the fact that we believe the model is sustainable, scalable, and replicable.
Among other things, SGIF funding has assisted Elpida as it works to expand its existing mission in Thessaloniki, Greece. Not since March 2016, when the EU struck the controversial deal with Turkey to stem the refugee flows, has Greece witnessed such a surge in refugee arrivals. In order to be able to help and provide safety as well as humanity and dignity to the most vulnerable now arriving in Greece, Elpida aims to expand its current capacity by 50% at the Elpida Home community center.
The Quincy Institute is an action-oriented think tank that seeks to lay the foundation for an American foreign policy centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. They believe that the current moment presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring together like-minded progressives and conservatives and set U.S. foreign policy on a sensible and humane footing. SGIF shares the Institute’s commitment to encouraging diplomacy at the expense of military intervention as a means of ending ‘forever wars,’ and applauds its efforts to do so in a bipartisan fashion.
Grant support from SGIF is intended to help scale the Institute’s staffing, outputs, and institutional infrastructure to enable it to sufficiently address the requests for Quincy’s research, analysis and reporting, which all serve to shift US foreign policy away from endless war and towards a national security strategy centered on diplomacy and military.
The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers, and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. Like SGIF, they strongly believe in transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. In drawing attention to corrupt actors–governmental and non-governmental–through forensic accounting and by engaging in constructive dialogue with the global finance and banking system,The Sentry is the only organization undertaking this work at scale. The uniqueness, novelty, and potential scalability of its works aligns closely with the criteria that SGIF applies to its grantees.
The grant from SGIF will enable The Sentry to advance its core objective, which is to disrupt the cycle of conflict and corruption in Africa. When illicit profits flow out of conflict zones, they pass through banks, and are parked in property and offshore accounts around Africa and throughout the world. By shutting off this flow of corrupt money and creating real consequences for the perpetrators of atrocities and financial crimes in East and Central Africa, as well as the transnational networks enabling and profiting from their actions, The Sentry aims to create new leverage for peace, human rights and good governance.
The Stichting Giustra International Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications.