The Lawrence Foundation

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$5,000 - $10,000


The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.

The Lawrence Foundation assets are currently about $4 million. We currently receive over 1000 grant requests per year and can only fund about 5 - 10% (by number, not dollars) of the requests that we receive.

As of our June 2018 cycle, we have received over 12,000 grant applications since the inception of our foundation and approved 610 of those applications for over $5 million. We have made both program and operating grants and in one case also directly sponsored, organized and hosted two workshops that brought together academics, non-profits and funders to explore the issue of environmental economics.


The foundation makes grants to US based qualified charitable organizations. To date we have funded organizations that address the following areas of interest: 

  • Environment (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world),
  • Human Services
  • Disaster relief (US headquartered organizations responding to disasters in the US or elsewhere in the world on an occasional basis), 
  • Other (US headquartered organizations operating programs in the US or elsewhere in the world).

Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants.


Assess Eligibility

An applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code or have a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) status and provides written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.

  • Engage in work that aligns with the Foundation’s funding interests and priorities. Please read our Grant Guidelines to understand our funding interests and priorities.