We prefer small locally-started organizations with pioneering ideas and locally driven approaches.

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

General eligibility for 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

Poverty and disability are inextricably linked.  People living in poverty are more at risk of acquiring a disability and face overwhelming barriers to escaping poverty.  In developing countries, over 100 million people need a wheelchair and over 90% of children with a disability do not attend school.  Wheelchairs are often inadequate for the user and environment, access is limited, and production and repair facilities are non-existent.

Our Vision

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

ABSF seeks to address challenges to mobility access and services.  We support efforts that increase access to locally produced appropriate wheelchair and mobility solutions.

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;
  • Help children with physical disabilities gain access to educational opportunities;
  • Evaluate their work and adapt to changing situations.

Women’s Empowerment

The Challenge

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

Our Vision

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

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:  higher 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 life skills, leadership and mentoring components are prioritized.  


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.

While ABSF would like to spread our reach across the globe, our hands on approach makes 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 or reply to any Letters of Inquiry outside these stated countries.