Hearst Foundations

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.

Deadline: None.

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.

Contact: New York City office, 212/649-3750; e-mail, hearst.ny@hearstfdn.org; San Francisco office, 415/908-4500; e-mail, hearst.sf@hearstfdn.org.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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