William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation: New York and Tri-State Funders

OVERVIEW:  The William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to education, human services, health and the arts.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: The William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation was established in 2003. It bears the name of the late hotelier and jeweler William C. Dowling, who helped pioneer the development of St. Thomas as a tourist attraction. The foundation’s president is New York City lawyer John T. Evans of Belair & Evans. The foundation does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to education, human services, health and the arts.

Grants range from $400 to $300,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away approximately $650,000. Past grantees include Spence School, The Met, Weill Cornell Medical College, St. Joseph’s Church, Rubin Museum of Art, Catholic Charities, Student Sponsor Partners, Covenant House and Fordham Law School, where John Evans graduated.

While the William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation keeps a low profile, it does accept unsolicited proposals. Grantseekers should provide written information regarding the character of the organization. There are no submission deadlines and no restrictions on awards.

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CONTACT:

William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation
90 Broad Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10004