Scherman Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Scherman Foundation invests in organizations and projects that support girls and women and advocate for reproductive rights and justice.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award grants for direct service delivery; research not directly connected to policy outcomes; projects outside of the U.S.; medical research; or scholarships or grants to individuals.

PROFILE: Harry Scherman, founder of the Book-of-the-Month Club, established the Scherman Foundation in 1941. Operating on the belief that “[a]n engaged population creates multiple paths to equitable, sustainable, and structural social change,” Scherman supports nonprofits working in the fields of the artsenvironmentgovernmental transparency and accountabilityhuman rights and libertiesreproductive rights and justice, and strengthening New York communities.

Scherman’s reproductive rights and justice program dedicates itself to programs that “protect and advance the rights of all women in the United States to access a full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion.” Scherman supports nonprofit organizations that advocate for systemic change, and focus on policies that disproportionately impact underserved female groups, such as women of color and low-income women.

Grants amounts average around $35,000 over two years. Scherman typically awards general operating support grants; however, it does consider awards to support specific projects. Past reproductive rights and justice grantees include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which received an award for its Reproductive Freedom Project and the Center for Reproductive Rights, which received a grant for general operating support. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the Scherman Foundation supports, explore its current grantees list. 

The foundation awards its reproductive rights grants through its Core Fund, which accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year.

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