Cameron Schrier Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW:  The Cameron Schrier Foundation is the charitable vehicle of Bay Area couple Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron. The foundation’s global grantmaking particularly focuses on Africa.

IP TAKE:  The foundation maintains a website, but does not accept unsolicited proposals

PROFILE: Derek Schrier is a financier who founded Indaba Capital Management while his wife, Cecily Cameron, is a writer. The couple founded the Cameron Schrier Foundation (formerly the Egg Foundation), which seeks to “develop young leaders, promote education equity, encourage an active civil society, support educational institutions, and help communities and individuals in need.” The foundation invests in education, community, academic and research institutions, democracy and civil society, leadership, and humanitarian aide. 

The Cameron Schrier Foundation appears to take a broad approach toward its grantmaking. It does not appear to maintain specific programs; however, it invests in a variety of global development issues across both the United States and the globe. Historically, about half of the foundation’s grants support U.S. organizations, while about 30 percent have been made in Africa. Another 6 percent have been made in other regions outside of the United States. Past grantees include the University of Witwatersrand, where the couple recently gave a $1-million-gift to the Johannesburg-based school to endow a new chair in development economics; African Leadership Academy; Center for Effective Global Action, a hub for research on global development; Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance; Princeton in Africa; and Kucetekela Foundation, a “nonprofit organization which provides scholarships to Zambian boys and girls.”

Internationally, the foundation prioritizes Africa, particularly South Africa, where Derek Schrier once worked for the anti-apartheid movement. It does not accept unsolicited applications.

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