OVERVIEW: The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation provides support for performing arts, music, art education, and museum projects throughout the Bay Area.
FUNDING AREAS: Art, opera, symphony, museums, art education
IP TAKE: The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation favors opera, symphony, and music institutions in the San Francisco area. These grants are competitive, but the foundation's education and community investment grants are more accessible.
PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation is based in California. Gordon Getty is the son of the oil baron J. Paul Getty. Gordon and his wife, Ann, started the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation shortly after selling Getty Oil to Texaco for $10 billion in mid 1980s. Gordon Getty earned a bachelor of arts degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a renowned classical composer. He and his wife have underwritten productions of the San Francisco Opera, and Gordon has composed several of his own operas, piano pieces, and choral works. He also has financed restaurants, a Napa Valley winery, a hotel resort, and several retail clothing stores. Grantmaking includes art, opera, symphony, museums, and art education.
This foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. Although Gordon is a man of many interests, his grantmaking is very focused on the arts. The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation provides annual campaign support, continuing support, and general operating support for performing arts, music, art education, and museum projects throughout the Bay Area. Some past grantees include the San Francisco Opera, the University of San Francisco, and the Saint Ignatius Prep School in San Francisco.
In past years, the foundation has awarded more than 500 grants a year, ranging in size from $1,500 to $1 million. Learn more about the funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Preference is given to San Francisco-based art organizations, and the foundation often funds many organizations with modest grants rather than just a few with large grants. The foundation does not publicize its grantmaking schedule or guidelines.
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications and only funds pre-selected organizations. Direct general questions to the foundation by phone at 415-352-4410.
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