Advisory Council Members
Association of Art
The purpose of the Association of Art Museum Directors is to support its
members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. The AAMD
accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards
of professional practice; serving as a forum for the exchange of information
and ideas; acting as an advocate for its member art museums; and being a leader
in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in
The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is a private, independent foundation.
Their mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making
grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The
Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health
professions; environmental health; healthy aging; mental health; teenage
pregnancy prevention; violence prevention; women's health; and work and health.
TCWF is one of the state's largest private foundations. Since its founding in
1992, the Foundation has awarded 5,418 grants totaling more than $674 million.
The Capital Area REACH Program committed to helping young people in the
Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area become successful in school, work,
and the community. For more than six years, with caring adult volunteers and
employers, the REACH Program has gotten students involved in community service
in order to teach them the critical skills that they need in order to succeed -
including organization, perseverance, timeliness and creativity.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.1 billion, made 469 grants totaling $109.3 million in 2009.
Founded in 1998, the Children's Scholarship Fund has the mission of giving
parents a choice and children a chance when it comes to their education. We do
this by providing partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send
their children to private schools in grades K-8. We focus on the earlier grades
to ensure a solid educational foundation. Since our inception, more than 96,000
children have benefited from our scholarships across the United States as part
of our mission to expand choice in education. Currently almost 29,000 children
are using CSF scholarships. These children are attending the school of their parents choice through the generosity of our donors, the
efforts of our 38 partner programs across the country and the sacrifices made
by the families themselves, who pay-on average-50% of their children's tuition.
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care, and encouraging healthy living. The Foundation invests in the community through initiatives and grants to health-related nonprofits that focus on these goals, as well as by operating medical education programs to increase the health care workforce. The Foundation's assets of more than $1 billion are almost evenly divided between an investment portfolio and an ownership interest in HealthONE, metropolitan Denver's largest hospital system.
Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas traces its roots back to 1953. Since then, more
than $900 million in grants have been made by the Dallas-based foundation and
it has grown to become one of the largest community foundations in the nation.
CFT saves time and effort for people who make charitable gifts. We also help
donors take advantage of optimal tax benefits and connect their individual
charitable goals with real community needs.
Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to champion
the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people
successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. By bringing caring
adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the
link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to
teach, and students - many in jeopardy of dropping out - have the opportunity
to focus on learning.
Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), Yale University, School of Public
The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) was established in
spring 2007 as an integral component of the Yale Center for Clinical
Investigation (YCCI). A goal of YCCI is to translate research from "bench
to bedside"; the Alliance will help to take that one step further --
translating research from "bedside to community." The establishment
of CARE at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation provides an unprecedented
opportunity to foster rigorous community-based research and to translate
findings of scientific breakthrough and discovery to enhance health care.
The Council on Foundations is a Washington, DC, area-based nonprofit membership
association of more than 2,100 grantmaking
foundations and corporations. The assets of Council members total more than
$282 billion. As the voice of philanthropy, the Council works to create an
environment in which the movement can grow and thrive, and to provide Council
members with the products and services they need to do their best work.
Bill Daniels, who achieved significant business success, realized that he was
extremely fortunate. He believed that everyone comes into this world with an
innate and unique potential for success and fulfillment. By sharing his wealth,
Bill hoped to provide the means for more people to realize their unique
potential. The Daniels Fund is the culmination of Bill's lifetime of giving.
Through the work of the Daniels Fund, Bill hoped that others would be inspired
to give of themselves. Bill brought his unique style to all his philanthropic
endeavors-a very personal concern and involvement with individuals in need and
the organizations that served them. The Daniels Fund will work in the same
open, responsive spirit. Through the Daniels Scholarship Program and the
Daniels Grants Program, the Fund is developing dynamic relationships with the
community leaders who can help students, individuals, children, and families to
realize their potential.
David & Laura Merage Foundation
The Merage Foundation's mission is to promote self-sufficiency through education and community development. The foundation's philanthropic investments are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives. The Merage Foundation believes that education is the gateway to optimal life outcomes, and the majority of their initiatives are tied to increasing educational opportunities. In the Art and Community program area, the foundation continues their commitment to education. With the founding of RedLine, a vibrant community art incubator supporting the creative expression of emerging and mid-career artists, they are providing an innovative approach to art education.
DC Central Kitchen, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
corporation that began its first phase of operations on January 20, 1989,
redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. The Kitchen
is founded on the premise that when fighting poverty, one must fight to win by
using every resource available. Be it food, money, or people, we hate to see
wasted potential. Since its inception, DC Central Kitchen has used the kitchen
as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to
partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for
the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers.
EverybodyWins! is a
non-profit organization devoted to promoting children's literacy and a love of
learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. These
experiences enhance children's self-esteem, expand their possibilities for
success in school and life and enable adult volunteers and communities to
experience the rewards of enriching young lives. The U.S. Senate helped launch
the Power Lunch program at Robert Brent Elementary School in Washington, DC on
March 7, 1995. Currently, EW!DC operates programs in 39 Title I public
elementary schools, impacting more than 4,000 at-risk children in underserved
communities throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the
late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas
City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is the 30th largest foundation in the
United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The vision of the
Kauffman Foundation is to foster "a society of economically independent
individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their
communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's
wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas:
advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
For The Carolinas
Established as a community foundation, Foundation For The Carolinas is a
nonprofit corporation created by and for the people of the Carolinas. We are
here to help individuals, families, nonprofits and corporations make a positive
impact on their communities. As a public charity, the Foundation offers
favorable tax treatment for gifts and a variety of giving methods to help
people achieve their charitable goals. Today, the Foundation is one of the
largest community foundations in the southeast and among the top 25 in the
United States. Foundation For The Carolinas inspires
philanthropy and strengthens our region through innovative community
initiatives and quality services to donors and constituents.
The Lincoln Community Foundation
To help build a great city; to nurture, harness and direct that energy is the aspiration of the Lincoln Community Foundation. Founded on April 11, 1955, the goal is to secure gifts to perpetually enrich and improve the community and the lives of all citizens. The foundation manages nearly $60 million and works with individuals, families, non-profits and businesses to support a multitude of charitable organizations. The foundation provides more than 350 grants, in the arts, culture, children and youth, basic needs, family issues, environmental enhancement, human diversity, older adults and capital improvements. The Lincoln Community Foundation also provides 50 scholarships to students of a variety of different backgrounds, educational level and economic background.
Kansas City Community Foundation
The seven founders of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation passed a hat
in 1978, collecting $200 and some change. The Community Foundation was thus
begun with an extraordinary idea: Charitable giving should be the
responsibility of many, not just a select few. Driven to improve the
metropolitan area, the Community Foundation has grown to become one of the
largest and most entrepreneurial public charities of its kind. The Community
Foundation, including its six affiliates within the Greater Kansas City region,
is recognized as a national leader in making sure every philanthropic
investment returns the greatest emotional, civic and financial benefit
Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic foundation that improves life for
the people of the greater Houston are through its charitable organizations and
educational institutions. Jesse and Mary Gibbs Jones understood that they would
prosper only if their community thrived, and from the time they married in 1920
until they established Houston Endowment Inc. in 1937, the couple donated more
than $1 million to establish and develop institutions and organizations that
would nurture Houston's people and encourage the city's growth.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping
community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and
sustainable communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do
business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and
philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations
with, loans, grants and equity investments, local, statewide and national
policy support, and technical and management assistance. LISC is a national
organization with a community focus. Their program staff is based in every city
and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes
shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff
help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate
support to meet local needs.
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in
1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the
people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and
institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for
themselves and future generations. Al Meadows built General American Oil
Company of Texas into one of the nation's most successful independent oil and
gas production companies. Believing that his own life was greatly enriched by
giving, Meadows shared his wealth with many charitable causes benefiting the
people of the state that had been so generous to him. Wishing to share the joy
of giving with their extended family, both living and yet unborn, Al and
Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation so that their philanthropy
would continue in perpetuity, under the guidance and direction of family
members and trusted advisors.
The Midwestern Governors Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
that brings together the governors of 12 states to work cooperatively on public
policy issues of significance to the Midwestern region. The MGA was created in
December 1962, when articles of organization were adopted at the first annual
meeting in Chicago. The members of our association include the governors of the
following 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Conference of Democratic Mayors
The National Conference of Democratic Mayors (NCDM) is a forum created in the
1970's to give Democratic Mayors a place to reflect their own unique views and
objectives as the leaders of American cities. The NCDM's mission is to:
School Foundation Association
- Serve as the
structure through which Mayors who subscribe to the principles of the
Democratic Party can communicate and promote the goals of the party as
they relate to cities;
- Act as a liaison
between the nation's Democratic Mayors, the Democratic National Committee
and other Democratic Organizations; and
- Create a
political network of Mayors to affect local, state and national elections
and to aid in the re-election of incumbent Mayors who are members of the
Many schools are beginning to understand what colleges
and universities have known for decades: there are many individuals who wish to
support education, and a foundation is an excellent way to begin to develop
this stream of philanthropy for K-12 schools. The Mission of the National
School Foundation Association (NSFA) is to promote the establishment,
organization, development, and success of K-12 school foundations and their
partnering schools and school districts. NSFA provides a consistent source of
realistic resources available for immediate help to the many schools and school
districts looking to establish a foundation.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is a national association of individual donors,
foundation trustees and staff, and corporate giving officers. The Roundtable
attracts independent donors who benefit from being part of an organization
dedicated to helping them achieve their charitable objectives. In addition to
offering expert advice and counsel, the Roundtable puts donors in touch with
peers who share similar concerns and interests.
The Randolph Foundation was established as a charitable trust under the will of
H. Smith Richardson in 1972. Chartered with a broad mandate, it was operated
under the aegis of the Smith Richardson Foundation's public policy arm, making
grants that were, for the most part, indistinguishable from the focus of the
Smith Richardson Foundation per se. In the spring of 1991 The Randolph
Foundation began to operate as an organization wholly separate from the Smith
Richardson Foundation. The Randolph Foundation continues to focus on public
policy issues, but from a slightly different perspective: we are particularly
concerned with fostering those underlying values and attitudes that enable
free-market and democratic systems to function and flourish. We believe those
values are reflected in individual character and are central to the
institutional foundations of a free society: morality and public life, family
and community, and those structures affecting the preservation and continuing
development of Western Civilization.
Florida Community Foundation
The mission of the Fort Myers-based Southwest Florida Community Foundation is
to connect donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community
needs. Formed in 1976 with $500 from the First National Bank of Fort Myers and
with the inspiration of a small, dedicated group of attorneys, trust officers
and community leaders, the Foundation now administers more than 320 different
endowed funds. They provide support to nonprofit organizations throughout Lee,
Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties, enhancing the quality of life
for many Southwest Florida residents.
The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation
The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation changes lives by improving educational opportunities, increasing access to, and options for, health care and facilitating change in human services. The foundation strives to support organizations that show a commitment to innovation and big ideas, and is also a partner and strategic investor in healthcare and education. The foundation seeks to fund innovative programs that improve education, health care and the capacity of human services organizations, focusing their giving in Denver, Colorado, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in California.
The Toledo Community Foundation is the community foundation serving the Toledo
region, including Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with a particular
emphasis on the greater Toledo area. Since 1973, the Toledo Community
Foundation has worked with individuals, families and businesses, assisting them
in making effective choices that match their philanthropic interest and needs
while creating a better community for generations to come. Since 1973, generous
donors have created more than 450 funds, which today have a combined market
value of approximately $150 million. Cumulative grants to support charitable
projects over the past 34 years have totaled more than $95 million, with
approximately $8.6 million granted in 2007 alone.
Based in Ithaca, New York, Triad Foundation, Inc. is a family foundation which
makes over $9 million in grants each year - primarily for graduate fellowships
at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
educational programs serving children and youth, marine and tropical ecology,
scientific research and human services. Its grantmaking
is concentrated on the East Coast, primarily in Central New York; Chapel Hill,
Charlotte and coastal North Carolina; and Tampa and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
The values which drive the philanthropic mission of Triad reflect the desire of
its donor, Roy Hampton Park, to encourage Americans to take advantage of the
opportunities offered by their country. Triad's grantmaking
moves forward his commitment to democracy and free enterprise, to religious
liberty and freedom of thought, and to broad access to education and
The Wasie Foundation
The Wasie Foundation serves as a vital, enduring
legacy of Minneapolis trucking pioneer Stanley L. Wasie,
a Polish immigrant who overcame early hardship to achieve the American dream.
It is also the legacy of his remarkable family and their compassion and concern
for generations to come. This independent foundation was established in 1966 by
Stanley Wasie as a lasting vehicle for the family's
philanthropy. In the years since its inception, The Wasie
Foundation has distributed tens of millions of dollars in grants in fulfillment
of the charitable intentions of the Wasie family.
Today, as an active member of the national philanthropic community, The Wasie Foundation works in close partnership with community
organizations to help people overcome barriers and to encourage a spirit of
self-reliance exemplified by the lives of Stanley Wasie
and his wife, Marie.