Chiaroscuro (kee-ahr-uh-skoor-oh), an artistic technique characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, describes the foundation’s aspiration to reflect God’s light in an often dark world.


The Chiaroscuro Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation located in New York City with staff in Princeton, New Jersey and Washington DC.




2010 2011 2012
World Youth Alliance $230,000.00 $370,000.00 $430,000.00
Sisters of Life $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Expectant Mother Care $515,000.00 $425,000.00 $175,000.00
Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund $0.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Family Life Respect Life Office $197,500.00 $120,000.00 $120,000.00
Courage $0.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00
National Abstinence Education Foundation $0.00 $25,000.00 $75,000.00
Women's Reproductive Health Foundation $50,000.00 $150,000.00 $50,000.00
Ave Maria University $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Program Reach $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Manto de Guadalupe $0.00 $100,000.00 $25,000.00
John Paul II Center for Women $120,000.00 $40,000.00 $25,000.00
Love and Fidelity Network $35,000.00 $20,000.00 $20,000.00
Live Action $0.00 $100,000.00 $0.00
C-FAM $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Saint Peter's Foundation $80,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Human Life International $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00




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2010 2011 2012
Centre for Civil Society $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00
Ashoka University $0.00 $0.00 $100,000.00
School Choice Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Seton Education Partners $25,000.00 $35,000.00 $20,000.00
Foundation for Educational Choice $40,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00
Cato Institute $35,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
University Bookman $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
X

2010 2011 2012
Focus $250,000.00 $400,000.00 $250,000.00
Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts $0.00 $100,000.00 $200,000.00
Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary $0.00 $70,000.00 $100,000.00
National Bible Association $50,000.00 $0.00 $85,000.00
Catholic Information Center $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $75,000.00
Curran Principal Academy $0.00 $0.00 $75,000.00
Faith and Reason Institute $85,000.00 $95,000.00 $65,000.00
Carl Schmitt Foundation $0.00 $59,000.00 $51,350.00
Lumen Christi Institute $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Ethics and Public Policy Center $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Catholic Leadership Institute $0.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Catholic Distance University $35,000.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Thomas Aquinas College $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Dominican House of Studies $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00
Endow $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00
Bishop's Education Commission of Belize $0.00 $50,000.00 $0.00
Catholic Advocacy Network $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Network of Politically Active $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Yale Divinity School $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $0.00
Dominican Foundation $70,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
National Catholic Register $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Catholic Finance Association $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
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2010 2011 2012
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty $180,000.00 $100,000.00 $110,000.00
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2010 2011 2012
Patients Rights Council $210,500.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00
Clergy for Better Choices $30,000.00 $138,000.00 $94,000.00
Students for Life $0.00 $0.00 $77,500.00
Institute for Leadership $0.00 $46,751.56 $50,900.00
Life Issues Institute $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Ridge Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $35,000.00
Americans United for Life $250,000.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
X




2010 2011 2012
African Mission Health Foundation $380,800.00 $300,000.00 $300,000.00
WaterStone $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
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We believe that every life has equal value and everyone deserves an opportunity to flourish. We defend those who lack the protection of the law and are unable to protect themselves. We offer the poor healthcare and educational opportunities that they need to thrive. We offer the saving grace of Jesus to all while defending everyone’s unalienable right to exercise the religion of their own choosing.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation is led by a lean staff of successful scholars, businessmen and entrepreneurs committed to the fundamental values of life, liberty and justice.

Sean Fieler, Chairman of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, is President of Equinox Partners, LP.  Mr. Fieler graduated from Williams College in 1995 with a degree in Political Economy and was the 1994 recipient of the Branson Memorial Scholarship. He is the Chairman of the American Principles Project and a member of the board of Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute-, and the Dominican Foundation, among others.

Greg Pfundstein is President of the Chiaroscuro Foundation.  Greg is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.  He is a member of the board of the Patients Rights Council, FEMM Foundation, the Chiaroscuro Institute, and the National Abstinence Education Foundation.

Molly O’Connor is the Communications Director for the Chiaroscuro Foundation. Molly is completing her M.A. in International Affairs at American University’s School of International Service and has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, with minors in French and International Studies from the University of Dallas. She spent two years working in marketing and publishing for The American Spectator magazine. Molly conducted research and communications consulting for NGOs in India, Nepal, Thailand, and the United States. She is also a freelance writer.

We believe that every life has equal value and everyone deserves an opportunity to flourish. We defend those who lack the protection of the law and are unable to protect themselves. We offer the poor healthcare and educational opportunities that they need to thrive. We offer the saving grace of Jesus to all while defending everyone’s unalienable right to exercise the religion of their own choosing.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation is led by a lean staff of successful scholars, businessmen and entrepreneurs committed to the fundamental values of life, liberty and justice.

Sean Fieler, Chairman of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, is President of Equinox Partners, LP.  Mr. Fieler graduated from Williams College in 1995 with a degree in Political Economy and was the 1994 recipient of the Branson Memorial Scholarship. He is the Chairman of the American Principles Project and a member of the board of Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute-, and the Dominican Foundation, among others.

Greg Pfundstein is President of the Chiaroscuro Foundation.  Greg is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.  He is a member of the board of the Patients Rights Council, FEMM Foundation, the Chiaroscuro Institute, and the National Abstinence Education Foundation.

Molly O’Connor is the Communications Director for the Chiaroscuro Foundation. Molly is completing her M.A. in International Affairs at American University’s School of International Service and has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, with minors in French and International Studies from the University of Dallas. She spent two years working in marketing and publishing for The American Spectator magazine. Molly conducted research and communications consulting for NGOs in India, Nepal, Thailand, and the United States. She is also a freelance writer.

Chiaroscuro’s advisory board provides the foundation with expertise drawn from backgrounds in managing business and nonprofit enterprises. Its members do not have responsibility for approving grants and may not support all the positions adopted by the Foundation.

  • Laurence Herman
  • Dan Schreck
  • Colin Moran


The Research Advisory Board assists the Chiaroscuro Foundation in its efforts to understand data and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and interventions. With an array of statistical and scientific expertise, the Board helps us make informed decisions.

Helen Alvare

Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law BS Villanova; MA Theology Catholic University of America; JD Cornell

Dr. Tim Flanigan

Professor of Medicine, Brown Univerity Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals and Brown Medical School BA Dartmouth; MD Cornell

Dr. Stuart Halpine

Researcher, Department of Health, New Brunswick, Canada BA Yale; PhD Educational Management, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Dr. Michael New

Professor of Political Science, University of Alabama BA Dartmouth; MA Statistics, Stanford; PhD Political Science, Stanford

Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk

Assistant Professor of Business & Economics, Ave Maria University BA UPenn; MA Economics, Harvard; PhD Economics, Harvard

Dr. Robert Scanlon, ObGyn

Partner in Practice, Huntington Long Island BS Bucknell; MBA Duke; MD Wake Forest

The Research Advisory Board assists the Chiaroscuro Foundation in its efforts to understand data and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and interventions. With an array of statistical and scientific expertise, the Board helps us make informed decisions.

Helen Alvare

Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law BS Villanova; MA Theology Catholic University of America; JD Cornell

Dr. Tim Flanigan

Professor of Medicine, Brown Univerity Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals and Brown Medical School BA Dartmouth; MD Cornell

Dr. Stuart Halpine

Researcher, Department of Health, New Brunswick, Canada BA Yale; PhD Educational Management, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Dr. Michael New

Professor of Political Science, University of Alabama BA Dartmouth; MA Statistics, Stanford; PhD Political Science, Stanford

Dr. Catherine Ruth Pakaluk

Assistant Professor of Business & Economics, Ave Maria University BA UPenn; MA Economics, Harvard; PhD Economics, Harvard

Dr. Robert Scanton, ObGyn

Partner in Practice, Huntington Long Island BS Bucknell; MBA Duke; MD Wake Forest

Here's a list of the current projects we are associated with. If you have a project you'd like us to see, please contact us.

The Chiaroscuro Foundation makes grants on a quarterly basis. Decisions on grant proposals are made one month in advance of the beginning of the quarter. In order to be considered for a grant in a given quarter, you must have completed your application at least one month in advance of the decision date. If you are awarded a grant, you will receive further information about the timing of delivery of funds. A grant cycle schedule is below.

November 1: 1st quarter grant applications due

December 1: 1st quarter grant decisions made

February 1: 2nd quarter grant applications due

March 1: 2nd quarter grant decisions made

May 1: 3rd quarter grant applications due

June 1: 3rd quarter grant decisions made

August 1: 4th quarter grant applications due

September 1: 4th quarter grant decisions made

While we do not accept unsolicited grant applications, you are welcome to submit a letter of inquiry here.

For media inquiries or other questions, please contact us by using the form. Note that we will not respond to requests for funding submitted using this form.