Schooner Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Schooner’s global rights grantmaking focuses on a wide range of rights causes from the local level all the way up to the international level.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to support the same rights organizations each year. However, it also likes to give grants for general operating support and project-specific support. 

PROFILE: Funded by the investment firm Schooner Capital, the Schooner Foundation has been been making grants since the mid-1990s. Internationally, the foundation focuses its attention on human rights, peace and security, and economic opportunity. The foundation’s single-page website describes Schooner as a “progressive foundation” that seeks to “honor human dignity.” Although this does not offer grantseekers much insight into which issues it prioritizes, the foundation’s tax filings over the past few years reveal a mix of rights organizations. It gives to small and grassroots organizations on a small scale. 

Grant amounts vary widely here, from a low of $500 to over $2 million. Most grants, however, fall between $10,000 and $100,000. Larger international organizations tend to receive the bigger grants. Types of organizations Schooner supports include Fund for Global Human Rights, Global Greengrants Fund and International Justice Mission. 

Schooner does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. The best way to get in touch is via email at


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