We prefer small organizations with pioneering ideas and original thinking.


Please only apply if your organization aligns CLOSELY with the priorities outlined below.

Eligible organizations:

  • Have an operating budget less than $750,000.
  • Are located in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania,Uganda or Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua.
  • Are legally registered as a nonprofit/NGO in their country of operation.
  • Share our Mobility Solutions and/or Women’s Empowerment vision.

Mobility Solutions

The Challenge

The two-way link between poverty and disability creates a vicious cycle.  People living in poverty are more at risk of acquiring a disability, and people with disabilities face overwhelming barriers to education, employment, and public services that can help them escape poverty.  In developing countries, over 100 million people worldwide need a wheelchair and over 90% of children with a disability do not attend school.

Our Vision

A world with equal access to mobility and related services for all.

In many places, wheelchairs are inadequate, access is limited, production facilities are nowhere to be found, and follow-up services are non-existent.  ABSF seeks to address these obstacles by supporting efforts that increase access to locally produced appropriate wheelchair and mobility solution.

Priority is given to organizations that:

  • Work with established in-country, technologically appropriate wheelchair manufacturers;
  • Take a preventive approach by addressing early childhood issues and interventions:
  • Employ a substantial percentage of disabled workers;
  • Evaluate their work and adapt to changing situation.

Women’s Empowerment

The Challenge

While strides have been made, there still remain significant barriers to equitable education and economic opportunities for women and girls worldwide.

Our Vision

A world with opportunities for all women to receive an education, assume leadership roles and achieve economic independence.

We believe that women are powerful agents of change and giving them opportunities to do their work will advance their community and ultimately their nation.  In order to further this belief, we focus on two main areas:  education and entrepreneurship.

Education for Young Women

Extensive research shows the tremendously positive benefits of investing in girls’ education in developing countries.  Improvements in overall economic growth and improved health outcomes are significant at all levels, and high-quality secondary education further equips girls with critical thinking strategies, enabling civic participation and democratic change. The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation supports education for young women at the high school level and above.  Efforts incorporating a robust leadership and mentoring component are prioritized.  

Entrepreneurship

ABSF supports alternative pathways to economic independence for women.  We partner with  organizations focused on entrepreneurship and vocational skills training, as well as seed funding for business creation and development.

Priority is given to organizations that: 

  • Are locally-run, by women, supporting women and girls;
  • Emphasize leadership, self-esteem, and mentoring in their projects;
  • Support primarily female entrepreneurs;
  • Offer high-quality and innovative educational opportunities from high school through university level;
  • Are well-established in the communities in which they work and collaborate with other NGOs;
  • Evaluate their work and adapt to changing situations;
  • Are located in rural areas and urban slums;

Geographic Regions

Arthur B. Schultz Foundation Serving women, entrepreneurs, and people with physical disabilities. Making tracks worldwide since 1985.

Ideally, ABSF would like to spread our reach across the globe. Realistically, with limited resources and staff, our hands-on approach has made it necessary to cluster our projects into specific geographic regions. This focus is ever-changing so please refer back to our website annually to review our geographic regions of interest.

Currently, we will only review projects in the following countries:

  • East Africa – Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda.
  • Central America – Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

 

ABSF will NOT review any Letters of Inquiry outside these stated regions.