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General Service Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

General Service Foundation

557 N. Mill St., Ste. 201

Aspen, CO United States 81611-1513

Telephone: (970) 920-6834


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $68,630,697

Total giving: $2,143,000





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Letters of Inquiry (if applicant cannot apply online):; Additional tel. (for William M. Repplinger, Cont.): (970) 920-6834, ext. 5


Incorporated in 1946 in IL - The foundation is a private foundation that was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1946. It was founded and endowed by Clifton R. Musser (1869 to 1956), and his wife, Margaret Kulp Musser (1875 to 1967). The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation believes it can make its best contribution at this point in time by addressing some of the world's basic long-term problems in three areas: Human Rights and Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice and the Colorado Program.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Colorado Program

The goal of the foundation's grantmaking program in Colorado is to: a) build the capacity of key progressive base-building organizations in the state, and b) facilitate collaboration between these and other groups to create a powerful, permanent infrastructure capable of effecting state-wide policy change over the long term. For additional information, contact Renee Fazzari, Prog. Off. via e-mail at or by telephone at (970) 920-6834, ext. 6. Applications are accepted online only for this program. Paper proposals will not be accepted.

Human Rights and Economic Justice

The program supports efforts that protect, promote and create good jobs with living wages for workers, including low-wage workers, in the United States and Mexico so that workers on both sides of the border can live and work in dignity. U.S. contact: Mary L. Estrin, e-mail:; Mexico contact: Holly Bartling, e-mail: Complete program criteria available on foundation web site .

Reproductive Justice

The goal of the program is to preserve, advance and defend public policies and laws that ensure access to a comprehensive range of reproductive health services to women and adolescents in the United States and Mexico. The foundation focuses primarily on the following issues in the United States: surgical and medical abortion, family planning and contraception, and comprehensive sexuality education. Focus areas in Mexico include: advocacy for reproductive rights at the national level, and building decentralized capacity within the reproductive and sexual rights movement at the state level. The foundation is particularly interested in programs that promote systematic change through the use of policies and laws on a regional or national level. The foundation places a priority on those organizations and projects that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, are dedicated to developing new leadership in the field of Reproductive Health and Rights, address the needs of low-income women, women of color and young women, and work collaboratively with colleagues inside the pro-choice movement and non-traditional allies in other progressive movements. The program does not fund: direct service delivery, projects without promise of impact beyond a local or state level, research and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes, or projects outside the U.S. and Mexico. For additional information, contact Holly Bartling, e-mail:

Fields of Interest

  • Family planning
  • Human rights
  • Individual liberties
  • International peace and security
  • Labor rights
  • Natural resources
  • Reproductive health care
  • Reproductive rights
  • Social rights
  • Youth pregnancy prevention
International Interests
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $68,630,697 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,745,251

Total giving: $2,143,000

Qualifying distributions: $2,920,090