Schooner Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Schooner Foundation’s international grants focus on human rights, peacebuilding, global security, and economic opportunity.

IP TAKE: This funder offers both single and multi-year grants, as well as, project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Schooner Foundation (formerly known as the Ryan Family Charitable Foundation) currently supports its grantmaking through the use of profits earned by the investment firm, Schooner Capital. Based in Boston, Schooner is a “[p]rogressive foundation focused internationally on human rights, peace & security and economic issues.” In the United States, the foundation focuses its grantmaking on “[p]rogressive media, campaign finance reform, the green economy, investigative reporting, and judicial reform.”

Schooner’s grant amounts range widely from $5,000 to $500,000; however, most grants fall in the $25,000 to $100,000 range. In the past, the foundation has awarded global health related grants to organizations such as Friends of Casa Materna, a nonprofit working to reduce maternal and infant death rates in the Matagalpa region in Nicaragua; and Tanzanian Children’s Fund, an organization improving education, increasing access to healthcare, and creating economic opportunities in Tanzania.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Schooner does not currently impose geographic restrictions in its global grantmaking. Grantseekers can contact Schooner Foundation staff via email at


  • Cynthia Ryan, Director and Trustee
  • Vincent Ryan, Trustee