OVERVIEW: The Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to health associations, education, and social services.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: The Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation was established in 1965. It was established by late music publisher and executive Howard “Howie” Richmond, founder of the Richmond Organization, and his wife Anita of Rancho Mirage, California. Over the years, Howard’s stable included artists as diverse as Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie. The foundation is currently headed by Howard’s daughter Elizabeth, who serves as president, and son Larry, who is vice president. The foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a website, which makes it difficult to locate further information on its priority areas and grantmaking strategies. Tax filings suggest the Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to health associations, education and social services.
Grants range from $500 to $500,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation made grants of around $228,000. Past grantees include Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, California Institute of the Arts, College of the Desert Foundation, Desert Cancer Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center, Family YMCA of the Desert, Jewish Federation of Palm Springs, and McCallum Theatre.
The Anita B. and Howard S. Richmond Foundation keeps a low profile but does accept letters of inquiry. There is no formal application and no submission deadlines. Unanswered letters are discarded.
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