Hearst Foundations

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    The Hearst Foundation


    The Hearst Foundations support well-established non-profit organizations that address important issues within the foundation's major areas of interest, which are:

    • Education - For exemplary institutions of higher education dedicated to preparing students to succeed in a global society. Preference is given to undergraduate education at medium size private, liberal arts colleges and universities. In addition, a limited number of grants may also be awarded to support K-12 programs and graduate level study.
    • Health - For leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions, such as children's and women's hospitals. The Foundations fund direct medical services that promote wellness, prevention and rehabilitation. Areas of interest include cancer, geriatrics, neonatology, perinatology, pediatrics, women's health, and the disabled.
    • Culture - For cultural institutions that offer innovative programs in the arts and sciences, the majority of which enable access for young people. The Foundations' focus includes education initiatives for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Foundations also support programs that nurture artistic development.
    • Social Service - For comprehensive direct-service organizations that foster effective solutions to social and economic problems. Priority is given to efforts that enable children, youth and families to lead productive and independent lives. The Foundations' interests include family support services, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, after-school programs, youth development, literacy, housing and homelessness, job training, economic development, and programs for older adults. Within these areas, the Foundations generally provide endowment, program, and capital grant support. Private nonprofits with significant support from the philanthropic community are favored over those financed through government sources.

    In limited cases, the foundation will fund the following:

    • Endowment grants, provided the organization has an existing endowment with the Hearst Foundations and a track record of strong performance and consistent stewardship.
    • Faith-based organizations, provided that the services they offer are inclusive and fit within the Foundations' guidelines.

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects are available at: https://www.hearstfdn.org/grant-recipients-database

    Additional Information

    The foundation does not fund the following:

    • operating outside the United States.
    • with audited expenses under $1 million.
    • involved in film or television.
    • seeking support for festivals, tours, conferences, workshops or seminars.
    • seeking support for advocacy or public policy research.
    • seeking support for special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events.
    • seeking seed money or support for startup projects.
    • seeking support for program-related investments (PRI).
    • seeking support for local chapters (the Foundations typically fund initiatives at the national/headquarters level).
    • undergoing leadership transitions or with new leadership in place for less than one year.
    • lacking demonstrable long-term impact on populations served.
    • that are not registered as 501(c)(3) organizations. An IRS determination letter is required to receive funding.


    Mason Granger

    Mason Granger
    New York Grants Staff
    300 West 57th Street,
    New York, NY 10019-5404

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests culture, education, health and social service; and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The Board of Directors for both Foundations meets quarterly, in March, June, September and December. The initial evaluation process generally takes four to six weeks.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by proposal, with most grants between $50,000-$500,000. The Foundations do not generally make multi-year grant commitments.

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