Schooner Foundation: Grants for Global Development

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 range between $25,000 to $100,000. In the past, the foundation has awarded global development related grants to organizations such as Mugoya Farm Estates in Uganda, which received support for its sustainable agriculture and training, as well as, financing to develop the farm. Global Greengrants Fund is also a past Schooner grantee. This global nonprofit received a general operating support grant for its ongoing work to put natural resources in the hands of local people.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. 


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