Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Greenbaum Foundation

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Rancho Santa Fe, CA


The Greenbaum Foundation focuses its funding primarily on effective and efficient projects working to bring about the end of suffering (human and non-human) in areas of the highest need where the mainstream organizations are not heavily involved and where it feels it can have the most impact. It assists organizations with guidance, networking and funding.

In the human rights arena, it funds a broad range of projects -- abolishing all forms of modern-day slavery; ending child marriage, female genital cutting, and gender based violence; fighting child abuse, neglect, and the trafficking of children and youth for sex and labor; stopping forced prostitution and the mutilations and deaths of children caused by body parts harvesting and ritual sacrifices.

It also supports several health initiatives including projects focusing on improving world health by promoting whole foods plant based diets.

In its animal rights work, its portfolio includes projects aimed at increasing the awareness, protection and improvement of the lives of all animals -- ending their use in experimentation; putting an end to their exploitation in entertainment (circuses, zoos, movies, fairs, and inner-city horse carriage rides); exposing the incessant cruelty and suffering taking place daily in the farming industry; ending harmful practices in the horse racing industry, and supporting effective common sense legislative initiatives.

Established in 1991, the Foundation became fully operational in 1999, and has been funded by Jim Greenbaum, its Managing Director. Since inception, the Foundation has granted over 30 million dollars to a wide range of projects all over the world. Annual grants currently total between three to four million dollars. The Foundation does not seek donations from the public; nor does it accept unsolicited proposals for funding.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Jim Greenbaum

Main Address

P.O. Box 9910

Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 USA


female genital mutilation, slavery, female genital cutting, animal welfare, vegan, whole foods plant based diets, genocide, trafficking, abuse





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

Women's Rights (R24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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