Scherman Foundation

The Scherman Foundation supports organizations working to create a more just, equitable, democratic, and sustainable society. The Foundation prioritizes long-term general operating funds in support of nonprofit organizations and leaders in the fields of community building, environment, reproductive justice, human rights, the arts, and democracy. Across these programs, it increasingly recognizes groups led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and efforts designed to dismantle systemic racism. It particularly values policy advocacy, organizing, and movement building, believing that an engaged population creates multiple paths to structural social change. The Foundation has a special commitment to New York City, focusing its Arts and Strengthening New York Communities programs exclusively there, while also funding nationally in its other programs.

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