The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund was established in honor of Carol Schatz Chomsky, scholar, linguist, mother-of-three, and wife of famed linguist, Noam Chomsky. After Carol Chomsky passed away in late December of 2008, this fund was set up to celebrate her work, compassion, and ideals for a better, more just global community. The primary initial focus of The Chomsky Fund has been the humanitarian needs of the victims of war and occupation in Palestine, including Palestinian refugees in the camps of Lebanon and elsewhere. A humanitarian crisis currently exists in the Gaza Strip, and although less well-known, in the squalid refugee camps of South Beirut and across Lebanon. The Fund plans to make grants and contributions to existing and well-respected organizations and individuals working to meet the basic human rights of people in Palestine, including the need for food, shelter, jobs, and health care.
A grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network went to support the work of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, which works to promote respect and protection for human rights in the Gaza Strip through research, legal intervention, advocacy, and awareness. The Center for Community Stewardship served as a fiscal sponsor for this grant.