Financial Information

Total Assets: $13,898,593

Total Giving: $2,124,506

Area of Service:

National; international

Areas of Interest:

Not Available




The following grants were reported in 2007:
$60,000 to Positive Women In Action And Development, Lilongwe, Malawi, payable over 1 year.
$40,000 to Southern Africa Aids Information Dissemination Services, payable over 1 year.
$30,000 to Touch Roots Africa, payable over 1 year.
$30,000 to Children’s Rights Centre, Durban, South Africa, payable over 1 year.
$25,000 to JerUSlem Children And Community Development Organization, payable over 1 year.
$25,000 to Lesotho Durham Link, payable over 1 year.
$20,000 to Rwanda Women Community Development Network, Kigali, Rwanda, payable over 1 year.
$15,000 to Trust And Care, Kigali, Rwanda, payable over 1 year.
$15,000 to Hope For A Child In Christ, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, payable over 1 year.
$15,000 to Lesotho Save The Children, Maseru, payable over 1 year.


Giving primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa; few grants to U.S.-based organizations.
No grants to individuals, or for academic or medical research, endowments, or fundraisers.


The mission of the Firelight Foundation is to support and advocate for the needs and rights of children who are orphaned or affected by HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Firelight strives to increase the resources available to grassroots organizations that are strengthening the capacity of families and communities to care for children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.


Type of Grantmaker: Independent foundation
Established in 1999 in CA.

Quick Facts Sheet

Located in:

Santa Cruz,

National; international

United States

Contact Information / Process

Phone: (831) 429-8750

Email: [email protected]

740 Front St., Ste. 380
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4559

Application information available on foundation web site. Application form required. Applicants should submit the following:
1. Population served
2. Detailed description of project and amount of funding requested
3. Contact person
Initial approach: Letter
Board meeting date(s): Spring (Apr.) and fall (Sept.)
Deadline(s): See foundation web site
Final notification: May and Nov.

Donors & Leadership

David M. Katz
Kerry A. Olson

Officers and Directors:
Kerry A. Olson, Ph.D., President
David M. Katz, Vice President
Debra Evans, Secretary
Jennifer Delaney
Nancy Shallow, J.D.