The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965, upon the death of Max Dreyfus, a preeminent publisher of American music. If you don’t know his name, you likely know some of the composers he partnered with: Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe, for starters.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation's giving history shows support for workforce opportunity programs, particularly in sectors the foundation also supports, such as health and the environment. But the foundation shares no marketing language or rhetoric as to the “why”—it doesn't declare a mission statement, nor any statements of focus for its giving. Rather, it leaves the door wide open, stating that it “does not establish funding priorities on an annual basis, but rather supports worthwhile activities for which an organization has made a compelling case to receive funding.”
A major thrust of that “compelling case” is to establish why support from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation will make a big difference. The foundation views its grants as small ones (the typical range is $1,000 - $10,000) but it still wants to have a big impact on your ability to execute your work opportunity program.
The foundation is also open-minded about how its funds could be used, and will provide general operating support and contribute to capital campaigns in addition to giving program support to organizations anywhere in the United States--so long as you’re a 501(c)(3).
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation’s recent work opportunity grantees include:
- $10,000 to Transitions-Mental Health Association (San Luis Obispo, CA) for its vocational training program
- $7,500 to the San Francisco Conservation Corps (San Francisco, CA) for general operating support
- $5,000 to The Bread Project (Emeryville, CA) for its Workforce Preparation Program.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has an open application process with two deadlines: May and November.