OVERVIEW: The General Service Foundation invests in reproductive rights, the environment, and peacebuilding.
IP TAKE: This funder supports smaller, local, and grassroots organizations working in its fields of interest.
PROFILE: Founded in the mid-1940s by Clifton and Margaret Musser, the General Service Foundation (GSF) seeks organizations that help to make the world more “just and sustainable.” For two decades, GSF focused its grantmaking on the pervasive social challenges of the time such as race relations. Beginning in the 1960s, it pivoted its focus to concentrate on reproductive rights, environmental causes, and peacebuilding. GSF’s grantmaking includes Human Rights & Economic Justice, Justice and Leadership in Colorado, and Reproductive Justice.
While GSF does not have a specific program dedicated to girls and women, it “prioritizes gender, racial, and income equity” across all of its grantmaking. Women of color, young women, and those earning lower incomes reflect GSF’s primary beneficiaries. The foundation also supports women’s right to choose, and their right to “live and work in conditions that allow meaningful parenting.”
Grant amounts generally ranging from $20,000 to $30,000. Past grantees include Just Associates, which received funding for its economic justice work for indigenous and rural women. For a broader sense of the types of groups supported by the foundation, explore its recent grantees lists.
The deadlines to apply for a GSF grants fall on February 1 and September 1 for its spring and fall grant cycles, respectively. However, the foundation is not currently accepting new letters of inquiry.
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