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 2013
FEMM $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00
Sisters of Life $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $500,000.00
World Youth Alliance $230,000.00 $370,000.00 $430,000.00 $380,000.00
Center for Bioethics and Culture Network $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $148,000.00
Family Life Respect Life Office $197,500.00 $120,000.00 $120,000.00 $100,000.00
Courage $0.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Chiaroscuro Institute $0.00 $0.00 $73,0000.00 $80,000.00
Essential in Education $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $75,000.00
FACTS $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $60,000.00
National Abstinence Education Foundation $0.00 $25,000.00 $75,000.00 $50,000.00
Ave Maria University $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00
Program Reach $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00
John Paul II Center for Women $120,000.00 $40,000.00 $25,000.00 $50,000.00
Morality in Media $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Reproductive Research Audit $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $45,172.00
Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund $0.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $40,000.00
AAPLOG $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $40,000.00
Saint Peter's Foundation $80,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Love and Fidelity Network $35,000.00 $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $20,000.00
C-FAM $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00
Expectant Mother Care $515,000.00 $425,000.00 $175,000.00 $0.00
Women's Reproductive Health Foundation $50,000.00 $150,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00
Manto de Guadalupe $0.00 $100,000.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Live Action $0.00 $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Human Life International $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00




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2010 2011 2012 2013
Austin Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $250,000.00
Witherspoon Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $237,500.00
Centre for Civil Society $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00
American Media Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $125,000.00
Institue for American Values $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100,000.00
Seton Education Partners $25,000.00 $35,000.00 $20,000.00 $75,000.00
South Bronx Educational Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $60,000.00
Ashoka University $0.00 $0.00 $100,000.00 $30,000.00
Empire Center $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
School Choice Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $0.00
Foundation for Educational Choice $40,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Cato Institute $35,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
University Bookman $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
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2010 2011 2012 2013
Focus $250,000.00 $400,000.00 $250,000.00 $250,000.00
Catholic Voices $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $250,000.00
Catholic University School of Business $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $150,000.00
Sophia Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $140,000.00
Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary $0.00 $70,000.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00
Endow $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00 $100,000.00
First Things $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100,000.00
Lumen Christi Institute $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00 $80,000.00
Catholic Finance Association $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $76,442.00
Ethics and Public Policy Center $0.00 $0.00 $75,000.00 $75,000.00
Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $62,000.00
Faith and Reason Institute $85,000.00 $95,000.00 $65,000.00 $60,000.00
Carl Schmitt Foundation $0.00 $59,000.00 $51,350.00 $50,000.00
Holy Innocents Church, NYC $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
New York Encounter $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Dominican House of Studies $0.00 $0.00 $20,000.00 $35,000.00
Catholic Leadership Institute $0.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Thomas Aquinas College $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
Acton Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
The Word Proclaimed Institute $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Catholic Vote $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
National Bible Association $50,000.00 $0.00 $85,000.00 $20,000.00
Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts $0.00 $100,000.00 $200,000.00 $0.00
Catholic Information Center $25,000.00 $25,000.00 $75,000.00 $0.00
Curran Principal Academy $0.00 $0.00 $75,000.00 $0.00
Catholic Distance University $35,000.00 $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00
Bishop's Education Commission of Belize $0.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Catholic Advocacy Network $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Network of Politically Active $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Yale Divinity School $0.00 $25,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences $20,000.00 $20,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dominican Foundation $70,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
National Catholic Register $50,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
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2010 2011 2012 2012
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty $180,000.00 $100,000.00 $110,000.00 $260,000.00
Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $105,000.00
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2010 2011 2012 2013
Clergy for Better Choices $30,000.00 $138,000.00 $94,000.00 $160,000.00
Patients Rights Council $210,500.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00
ICMC, Inc. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100,000.00
Galileo Forum $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00
Good Counsel, Inc. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Institute for Family Studies $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Women's Rights without Frontiers $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25,000.00
Human Life Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $23,300.00
Americans United for Life $250,000.00 $25,000.00 $0.00 $20,000.00
Students for Life $0.00 $0.00 $77,500.00 $0.00
Institute for Leadership $0.00 $46,751.56 $50,900.00 $0.00
Life Issues Institute $0.00 $0.00 $50,000.00 $0.00
Ridge Foundation $0.00 $0.00 $35,000.00 $0.00
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum $100,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
X




2010 2011 2012 2013
African Mission Health Foundation $380,800.00 $300,000.00 $300,000.00 $302,218.00
WaterStone $100,000.00 $0.00 $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.

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.

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.