Our founder had a special feeling for people who are "defenseless," as she put it – especially children. Growing up, she experienced privilege at times, along with hardship and even grave danger. These experiences gave her a strong sense of fairness. In 2000 she decided it was time to take her good intentions one step further and formed this family foundation. While she was alive, the Foundation conducted a small, informal grants program each year.
With a new infusion of funds from the founder's estate, the trustees launched a large grants program in 2014. We received 726 Letters of Inquiry, of which 115 were invited to submit full
proposals. From May to November 2014, we made 80 site visits and awarded grants to 79 organizations (some of which we did not visit).
We are guided by our founder's heart and mind in every decision we make.
We support nonprofits in ways that make them stronger.
In 2013 when we received $34 million from the founder's estate, after considering several options, we chose to give away all the money quickly and strategically.
In 2014 we awarded $30 million and in 2017 awarded what remained. We are overseeing the completion of a few grant projects.
We will no longer be awarding grants.