John C. Kish Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The John C. Kish Foundation supports LGBTQ organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder appears to award grants strictly for general operating support.

PROFILE: The late John Kish, former owner and the Skyline Casino in Henderson, Nevada established the John C. Kish Foundation. During his Kish and his longtime partner, Jack Plevvo were well known for their philanthropy. According to the foundation’s Facebook page, the Kish Foundation dedicates its grantmaking to help “organizations in the areas of health, education, performing arts, and animal welfare.” Its Facebook page fails to mention that Kish strongly supports LGBTQ organizations across the United States, particularly in its founder’s adopted home town of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Kish Foundation is a low-profile funder that does not operate a website. According to its latest tax filings, organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, the Palm Springs Gay Softball League, and Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services have all received grants from Kish in the past.

Grant amounts typically range from a low of around $5,000 to a high of $100,000. The majority of grants tend to fall in the $5,000 to $30,000 range. The John C. Kish Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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John C. Kish Foundation

P.O. Box 1501, NJ2-130-03-31

Pennington, New Jersey 08534

(609) 274-6834