Clem C. Glass Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Clem C. Glass Foundation is a Southern California funder that supports local organizations in the fields of youth, environment, civil and human rights, immigrants and reproductive rights.

IP TAKE: This funder maintains a low profile and spreads its grants around to both local and national causes that are important to the trustees.

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Clem C. Glass Foundation is a private funder based in Corona Del Mar, California. Glass was a Southern California resident, and his family foundation supports local causes in the region. The foundation trustees are Dennis G. Keith and Joanne G. Keith. Grantmaking areas of interest include youth, environment, civil and human rights, immigrants and reproductive rights.

The foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a website to guide grant seekers. However, this funder prioritizes environmental causes at the local level and beyond. Past grantees include Environmental defense, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Nature Conservancy and the Save the Redwoods League. This funder also supports a range of social justice causes that promote civil liberties and reproductive rights. Past grantees include Planned Parenthood L.A. and the ACLU Foundation, for example. The foundation is part of a grantmaker collaborative called the OC Opportunity Initiative, which is focused on helping immigrants in Orange County, California.

Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $3,000 each. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. Foundation grantmaking prioritizes Southern California, but the Glass Foundation also regularly gives to national groups that are headquartered in New York City and Washington, D.C.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 949-760-5314.


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