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The Phelps-Stokes Fund

In 1911, a bequest from Caroline Phelps Stokes established the Phelps-Stokes Fund as a philanthropic organization with charter interests in the education of Black Americans, American Indians, and Africans.

Caroline spoke often of "practical charity," to help underprivileged groups improve their situation. Since the beginning, Phelps-Stokes programs have reflected that principle -- an active, practical philanthropy, to enable recipient individuals and organizations to stand on their own. Some notable examples of organizations that Phelps-Stokes has assisted over the years include:

• Booker T. Washington Institute, Liberia
• United Negro College Fund
• Lewis Leakey Memorial Institute, Kenya
• African Student Aid Fund
• The Boys Choir of Harlem
• Sinte Gleska College
• Jackie Robinson Foundation
• Caribbean Cultural Center

Today, the Phelps-Stokes Center for Human Development continues the Fund's work with organizations that meet human needs, particularly those groups included in the Phelps-Stokes charter.

The Phelps-Stokes Center For Human Development

The purpose of the Phelps-Stokes Center for Human Development is to serve as a secretariat, or administrative headquarters, for affiliated organizations that share the Center's concerns. The Center offers a solution to the "chicken-egg" dilemma that confronts many growing organizations: without initial funding support, an organization cannot develop its programs; and without active programs, an organization cannot build a constituency and a base of support to achieve its goals. By helping organizations to become independent, the Center fulfills the Phelps-Stokes mission: education for human development.

The Phelps-Stokes Center for Human Development offers affiliate organizations:

Administrative Support:
Program Coordination
Membership Services

Program Development:
Library and Research Facilities

Secretariat Services:
Word Processing
Computerized Bookkeeping

Organizational Development
Administration of Not-For-Profit Organizations
Fund Raising

Through affiliation with the Phelps-Stokes Center for Human Development, an organization gains access to basic services and facilities. Depending on the affiliate's needs, the Center provides office space and equipment, conference and reception space, and library and research facilities. A Phelps-Stokes program officer coordinates program activities, membership services, correspondence, or staff work. On a time-sharing basis, the Center provides secretariat services that include word processing, duplication, and computerized bookkeeping. In addition, the Center offers seminars and workshops in organizational development, the administration of not-for-profit organizations, and fund raising.

Advisory Committee

Arthur Ashe, Champion Athlete, Author.

Kenneth B. Clark, Psychologist, Author.

John V. Lindsay, Attorney. Former Mayor, New York City.

Jewell Jackson McCabe, President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Donald F. McHenry, University Research Professor of Diplomacy and International Affairs, Georgetown University. Former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Colleen A. Newman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Consolidated Edison Company of New York.

Benjamin Payton, President, Tuskegee Institute.

Rachel A. Robinson, President, Jackie Robinson Development Corporation and Chairperson, Jackie Robinson Foundation.

To become an affiliate of the Phelps-Stokes Center, an organization should submit a letter describing its programs and objectives to:

Dr. Ronald A. Wells 

Phelps-Stokes Center for Human Development
10 East 87th Street
New York, New York 10128

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