National Security, Foreign Policy, and Diplomacy

Grants focused on helping inform national security and foreign policy, as well as efforts to prevent or solve conflict via diplomacy. This includes bi- and multi-lateral efforts and actions taken by countries.

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$23.4 Million
out of $328.2 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $50,000

Top Funders

Carnegie Corporation of New York
$7.4 M
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$3.2 M
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$2.9 M
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$1.6 M
Skoll Global Threats Fund
$1.1 M
Ploughshares Fund
$654.9 K
Ford Foundation
$600.0 K
Peter G. Peterson Foundation
$550.0 K
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
$521.7 K
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$512.2 K
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
$500.0 K
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.
$490.0 K
NoVo Foundation
$360.0 K
The Neubauer Family Foundation
$253.3 K
Oak Foundation
$250.0 K
Klarman Family Foundation
$200.0 K
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
$200.0 K
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
$200.0 K
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.
$195.0 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$190.0 K
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
$166.9 K
The Stanton Foundation
$160.0 K
The ARCA Foundation
$155.0 K
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
$125.0 K
Cherna Moskowitz Foundation
$125.0 K

Starting in 2014, the Open Society Foundations’ grants data is reported by and attributed to the individual legal entities that constitute the Foundations. Prior to 2014, grantmaking from these funders are collectively attributed to ‘Open Society Foundations’.


Regional Focus

Strategy Focus

Funding for General Support

11% $2,645,000 18 Grants = 12%

Sample Grants

  • Arca Foundation
    awarded a grant for $50,000 to National Security Initiative

    For the National Security Initiative, founded to revitalize America's national security policy, bringing cohesion and strategic focus to the progressive national security community.

  • Proteus Fund, Inc.
    awarded a grant for $60,000 to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

    For the National Security and Civil Rights Program's community empowerment work in Northern and Southern California that, integrated with advocacy and litigation, will advance policy reforms to increase civil and human rights protections in the national security context.

  • The Nathan Cummings Foundation
    awarded a grant for $225,000 to J Street Education Fund

    For general support to promote strong U.S. Leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and to broaden the discourse on Israel in the American Jewish community.

  • Ford Foundation
    awarded a grant for $300,000 to Praxis Films

    To produce "Untitled Surveillance Project," a documentary on the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden's disclosures.