The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965, upon the death of Max Dreyfus, a preeminent publisher of American music. If you don’t know his name, you likely know some of the composers he partnered with: Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe, for starters.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation's giving history shows it supports programs focused on girls and women, particularly in sectors where the foundation also gives support, such as health, housing and education. But the foundation shares no marketing language or rhetoric as to the “why”—it does not declare a mission statement, nor any statements of focus for its giving. Instead, it deliberately leaves the door wide open, stating that it “does not establish funding priorities on an annual basis, but rather supports worthwhile activities for which an organization has made a compelling case to receive funding.”
A major thrust of that “compelling case” should be to firmly establish why support from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation will make a big difference. The foundation views its grants as small ones (the typical range is $1,000 - $10,000) but it still wants to have a big impact on your ability to execute your program.
The foundation is also open-minded about how its funds could be used, and will provide general operating support and contribute to capital campaigns in addition to giving program support to organizations anywhere in the United States--so long as you’re a 501(c)(3).
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation’s recent grantees focused on women's and girl's programming include:
- $10,000 to Pace Women's Justice Center (White Plains, NY) for program support
- $8,000 to Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona (Phoenix, AZ) for its Girls Ranch
- $7,000 to Suited for Change (Washington, DC) for general operating support
- $2,000 to Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado (Denver, CO) for program support.
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has an open application process with two deadlines: May and November.