Smith Charitable Trust Supports Foster Care, Youth

The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust continues to focus on foster care children and youth; military veterans and their families; and youth with physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The trust in the past has made grants that generally support organizations serving the needs of the children, youth, the disabled and the disadvantaged. However, the new focus promises to send more money to the realigned priorities. Nonprofits in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Washington are eligible.

Grants are up to $300,000 for one year (the trust distributed $12.5 million in grants last year – 33% went to programs supporting children and youth); letters of intent are accepted anytime. The trust provides a beneficial online eligibility FAQ on its website. Find it at

Children and youth programs have benefited from the funding. The foundation gave $15,000 to the Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN, for Neighborhood Bridges, a literacy program using storytelling and creative drama for elementary school children. A list of recent grantees can be found here at:   

Info: Dan Gaff, grants manager,; May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, 2320 Marinship Way, Suite 150, Sausalito, CA 94965-2830; phone: 415/332-0166; the trust prefers Letters of  Intent be sent electronically via its website, which is located at

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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