The Phelps Stokes Fund is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization whose guiding motto isĀ Education for Human Development. The logo, four open books, symbolizes the importance of education in promoting every aspect of human capacity building.

The Fund seeks to build bridges of intercultural, interracial, and international understanding and uses its modest endowment to finance core staff and the operations of its central office in Washington, DC. The Fund does not award grants to individuals or other organizations. Through the generosity of private donors, foundations, and corporations and through grants from local, state, and federal government agencies, the Fund is able to address a variety of educational needs.