As many as 143 million children live as orphans or displaced globally, a total which surpasses the entire population of Russia, according to UNICEF in 2011. In order to combat this startling global problem, thousands of orphanages across the world provide shelter and care for children who cannot otherwise find these necessities. For orphanages backed by Christian organizations, a number of grants exist to aid in funding and accelerate the important goal of serving children in need.
Lundman Family Foundation
Awarded to organization throughout the U.S., grants from the Lundman Family Foundation are targeted at programs that promote youth development and human services. The Foundation was formed by serial entrepreneur and president of Petersen Resources, Philip L. Lundman. An average of 18 grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 are awarded by the Lundman's each year. Interested parties should send a letter of interest to the Lundman Family Foundation to begin the application process.
Lundman Family Foundation 3631 W. Fredonia-Kohler Rd. Fredonia, WI, 53021-0340 (262) 692-2416
Although it awards grants to Christian organizations of all types, the Fairwyn Fund gives special attention to those pursuing missions in Asia. This makes it an excellent source of potential funding for Christian orphanages choosing this continent as their area of focus. Grants for $10,000 to $30,000 are awarded and the foundation's total giving averages over $800,000 per year. Applicants should contact the Fairwyn Fund directly to receive a grant application.
Fairwyn Fund 207 Reber St. Wheaton, IL, 60187-5415 (630) 663-2202
For Kids Only, Inc.
For Kids Only Inc. provides funding through grants for U.S.-based Christian organizations serving at-risk youth under the age of 12. On average, awards range between $1,000 and $5,000. By visiting the For Kids Only website, organizations can download the grant application. Each year, deadlines for grants fall on January 6 and July 6.
For Kids Only, Inc. 2252 Mesa Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 (888) 646-9584 fko.org
Arthur S. Demoss Foundation
For Christian orphanages serving the children of Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda, the Arthur S. Demoss Foundation awards over $48 million every year to organizations spreading the Christian gospel in either of these three impoverished countries. On average, 80 grants are awarded per year, with amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Interested orphanages must provide a proposed project outline, detailed budget, past financial reports, and Board of Directors information to the foundation for consideration.
Arthur S. Demoss Foundation 777 S. Flagler Dr. West Palm Beach, FL, 33401 (561) 804-9000