The William Randolph Hearst Foundations (William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation Inc.) should be on everyone’s top prospect list. The foundations make multiple awards, with most in the $25,000 to $200,000 each range.
The foundation is one of the country’s major funders, distributing $22.5 million in grants last year. The four focus areas are:
- Culture: This category gives priorities to youth arts programs. The Dallas Children’s Theater received a $50,000 grant for its Student Matinee Performance Series.
- Education: Innovative K-12 and early childhood programs will be considered. The All Saints Episcopal School, Lubbock, TX., won a $75,000 capital grant towards construction of a new fine arts complex, part of a $5 million Opening New Doors Capital Campaign to build a high school campus and expand current facilities.
- Health: These grants support programs for low-income families, medical research and workforce development. The foundation gave $75,00 to the Foundation for Healthcare Advancement, New Brunswick, NJ, to support the New Jersey Children’s Health Project.
- Social Service: The category focuses on economic independence and strengthening families receive preference in funding. The foundation gave $75,000 to Bronx Works, New York City, for early-learning and after-school programs to young children in the Bronx. And, First Place for Youth, Oakland, won a $100,000 grant to expand housing for former foster care youths within California.
When contacting the foundations, remember that New York City-based staff review all proposals from organizations located east of the Mississippi River, and the San Francisco office reviews those west of the Mississippi River.