Phelps Stokes Fund

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Phelps Stokes "is America's oldest continuously operating foundation serving the needs of African Americans, Native Americans, Africans and the rural and urban poor. Phelps Stokes is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization whose guiding motto is Education for Human Development. The logo, four open books, symbolizes the importance of education in promoting every aspect of human capacity building." [1]

"Over its nearly 100-year history, Phelps Stokes has initiated, conducted, and sponsored hallmark educational surveys and research studies that were fundamental in shaping the improvement of education for African Americans, Native Americans, and Africans. Phelps Stokes has been particularly active in Liberia taking a leadership role in the American Colonization Society. Phelps Stokes' most notable contribution to supporting the growth of Liberian civil society was the creation of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), Liberia's first and largest vocational/technical training school. For over 75 years BWI has produced a master class of artisans, technicians and technologists who become teachers, community leaders and overall catalysts of development.

"Along with its policy-shaping studies and scores of human services programs, Phelps Stokes has facilitated the growth of human development by serving as an incubator to many nationally- and internationally-known programs and institutions through providing founding grants, which attracted other investments and contributions. The following organizations and programs trace their beginnings to the Phelps Stokes and are part of its great legacy." [2]


Accessed September 2011: [3]

Emeritus Members

Honorary Member

Trustees (2009)

Accessed March 2009: [4]

  • Euric Bobb - Retired, former Chief of Staff to the President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Jonathan Cahn, Esq., Chair - Principal, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Lou Capozzi - Chairman Emeritus, Publicis Public Relations and Corporate Communications Group
  • Gail Christopher, Treasurer - Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Richard Fletcher, Vice Chair - Retired, former Principal Advisor, Department of Strategic Planning and Budget, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Badi Foster - President, Phelps Stokes
  • Raul Gangotena - Director, Enterprise Institutes for Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorians
  • Sarah Hatch - Physician's Assistant, National Naval Medical Center
  • Gerald LeMelle - Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy Department, Amnesty International USA
  • Robert C. Perry - Retired, former Special Assistant to the President, Corporate Council on Africa
  • Cynthia Robbins - Executive Director, See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter School
  • William “Smitty” Smith - Executive Director, Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries, Emerson College
  • Robert Two Bulls - Director, Department of Indian Works for The Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

Honorary Member

  • Desmond M. Tutu

Emeritus Members

  • Wilton S. Dillon - Senior Scholar Emeritus, The Smithsonian Institution
  • Bunty Ketcham - Bunty Ketcham & Associates



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Home, Phelps Stokes, accessed April 4, 2009.
  2. History, Phelps Stokes, accessed April 4, 2009.
  3. Trustees, Phelps Stokes, accessed September 2011.
  4. Trustees, Phelps Stokes, accessed April 4, 2009.