OVERVIEW: The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation funds organizations whose work supports women’s empowerment and mobility solutions for people with mobility issues.
IP TAKE: Schultz specializes in funding small NGOs, and potentially, may extend funding for multiple years.
PROFILE: Arthur B. Schultz, cofounder of Cobra Golf, established the Arthur B. Schultz Foundation in 1985 to improve "the dignity of and even the playing field for struggling populations in developing countries.” The foundation focuses on women’s empowerment, women's entrepreneurship, and mobility solutions for the differently abled.
In its women's empowerment related grantmaking, Schultz names education and entrepreneurship as priority areas. The foundation seeks to aid young women of "high school level and above" access education, and prefers projects that have a strong mentoring component. In supporting female entrepreneurship, Schultz offers seed finding for
In addition to supporting women's entrepreneurship, Schultz funds projects that create vocational skills training for women, and supports seed funding for business creation and development.
Supporting female entrepreneurs is also a matter of funding importance to Schultz. In this space, the foundation mainly funds groups providing entrepreneurship and vocational skills training for women, but it also offers seed funding for the creation and development of female owned businesses.
According to UNESCO, 90 to 98% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school creating a "vicious circle" between poverty and disability. In this area, the foundation seeks projects that "work with established in-country, technologically appropriate wheelchair manufacturers," and employ a substantial number of differently abled workers.
The foundation limits its grantmaking's geographic focus to Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The foundation will not review any letters of inquiry for projects operating beyond its priority countries. Although the foundation has suspended grantmaking to projects focused on the Middle East and Southeast Asia, grantseekers should check often to see if the foundation has lifted the suspension.
In its focus on giving to small and grassroots organizations, Schultz does not fund organizations whose operating budgets exceed $1.5 million. Its grantmaking ranges from $10,000 to $25,000, and occasionally offers one-off grants of $100,000 to $250,000. To gain a deeper understanding of what kinds of organizations it funds, grantseekers can reference current grants.
The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation is an approachable global development funder, and offers a short-window of time each year where it accepts letters of inquiry. Full proposals are by invitation only.
- Rachel Knapp, Executive Director
- Arinn Testa, Program Officer