What We Look For

Tiger Foundation supports organizations and programs serving the five boroughs of New York City in four main areas: Education, Employment, Youth and Families, and Criminal Justice. See Program Guidelines for detailed descriptions of each program area's focus.


  • Strong and consistent measurable outcomes over time
  • Skilled executive, program, and board leadership
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Strong financial position and skilled fiscal management
  • Opportunity for broad impact (replicability, scale, and leverage of public and other private investment)

Applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Requests for support are not considered for individuals, annual or capital campaigns, endowments, benefits, public policy or lobbying groups, legal aid, existing obligations, or debt liability.


Tiger Foundation provides grants typically ranging in size from $100,000 to $500,000. Unlike many foundations, which determine grant budgets based on a rolling average of endowment values, Tiger Foundation is not endowment-based and has historically relied on an annually pools of capital raised from its board members and close circle of friends and other partners. Grantmaking and technical assistance budgets are set each year based on recognized levels of need within organizations operating in Tiger’s funding areas, and on the foundation’s ability to identify and make sound investments in high-performing organizations and programs. In 2015, Tiger made grants totaling approximately $20 million. While many foundations make multi-year awards, Tiger considers each grant a one-year investment. Though all grants contractually represent a one-time commitment, we do consider grant renewal requests when evidence of continued strong performance and continued financial need have been demonstrated, and there are many organizations in each of our portfolios that we have supported over multiple years.