Skywords Family Foundation

OVERVIEW:  The Skywords Family Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of media and environmental organizations.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education and youth, environment, media, health and human services

PROFILE: Established in 2005, the Skywords Family Foundation was founded by businessman Michael Arlen Davis and his wife Jyll Johnstone. Bard and NYU graduate Jyll Johnstone manages Canobie Films, Inc., a producer of documentaries on contemporary social issues. Her work as appeared at Sundance, among other festivals. Michael and Jyll are also partners with two families in a biodynamic farm in Mendocino County, California. While the foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a web presence, tax fillings suggest that the Skywords Family Foundation invests in media, the environment, youth, health, and human services.

Skywards' grants range from $18,250 to a high of $1,875,000 to Canobie Films. Learn more about this fudner’s grantmaking in its tax records. Past grantees include The Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training; Canobie Films; and Ginungagap Foundation, which supports Filgreen Farm.


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Skywords Family Foundation

235 Montgomery St., 17th Fl.

San Francisco, CA 94104