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At The Greenbaum Foundation, we focus our funding on effective and efficient projects working to bring about the end of suffering (human and non-human) in areas of the highest need and where we can have the most impact. We assist organizations with guidance, networking and funding.

Our planet and human health are in a state of crisis. One of the biggest contributors is the food that most people choose to put on their plates. With more than 70 billion land animals, and trillions of fish being killed annually for food, the suffering is incalculable, and the negative consequences for human health, the environment and climate are overwhelming.

Thus, while during our early years the foundation focused on human rights, we’ve shifted to now address the current crisis by concentrating our efforts on moving the world to whole foods plant based diets and ending factory farming. Our portfolio also includes projects aimed at increasing the awareness, protection and improvement of the lives of all animals. While we applaud the work of many sanctuaries, we do not fund in that sector.

­­­In the human rights arena, we still fund a limited number of organizations focused on abolishing all forms of modern-day slavery; ending child marriage, female genital cutting, gender based violence, and barriers preventing women from having equal rights; fighting child abuse, neglect, and the trafficking of children and youth for sex and labor; and stopping forced prostitution.

Established in 1991, the Foundation became fully operational in 1999, and has been funded by Jim Greenbaum, its Managing Director. Working alongside Jim in managing the Foundation is Meghan O’Brien Lowery. The combined grants of the Foundation and Jim Greenbaum total in excess of 43 million dollars, and have funded a wide range of projects all over the world.  Annual grant-making is in excess of four million dollars. The Foundation does not seek donations from the public; nor does it or Jim Greenbaum accept unsolicited proposals for funding.

The Greenbaum Foundation is a US based 501(c)(3) Private Grantmaking Foundation.


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"Being a bystander to suffering is not an option," notes Jim Greenbaum, the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation.  A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind -- to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place.  

Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance in 1985. Less than a decade later, while in his early 30’s, Jim made the decision that he would leave the corporate world at the age of 40. Keeping true to the plan, Jim sold the company in 1999,  soon growing his net worth to

$133,000,000.  Jim has committed to contributing in excess of 85% of his assets to charitable projects ending human and non-human suffering during his lifetime, and the remainder of his estate soon thereafter.  The foundation’s assets will also be spent down during his lifetime. 

Jim is passionate about bringing business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world.  He is an ethical vegan and describes his approach to giving as Golden Rule Philanthropy. Jim also hopes to encourage more high net worth individuals to become philanthropic, to do so during their lifetimes, and to follow an Effective Altruistic approach of giving for at least one-half of their giving. (Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try. The primary focuses - Saving Lives; Ending Suffering; and Saving the planet.) 

Jim is also an Executive Producer of several documentaries, including “The Game Changers,” “What The Health,” "Cowspiracy," and "Not My Life,"   

These videos are about organizations and issues supported by the Foundation. Some contain disturbing images that may not be suitable for children.




The Greenbaum Foundation
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The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. For all correspondence, please consider the environment and send via email.

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