Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation supports environment, the arts, education, health, and housing.

IP TAKE: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation prefers a broad approach to its grantmaking in order to fund organizations with the most compelling projects or programs. As long as an organization is based in the United States, Dreyfus funds work across the globe. It also prioritizes small and grassroots organizations.

PROFILE: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965 after Max Dreyfus, a pre-eminent publisher of American music, passed. During his lifetime, Dreyfus partnered with such composers as George Gershwin and Cole Porter, among many others.  The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation funds organizations that make the most of smaller sums. Its grantmaking centers on the environment, the arts, education, health, and housing. 

While the foundation's tax filings reveal a focus on the environment and conservation efforts, it does not offer strategies or priorities that would better aid applicants in creating their proposals. Instead, the foundation's broad approach purposefully “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.” Applicants must clearly communicate how the foundatio's support will significantly improve the impact of their philanthropic work.

Grants typically range from $1,000 - $10,000; however, it is receptive to how its funds could be used. The foundation offers general operating support, giving program support, and contributes to capital campaigns to nonprofit organizations located in the United States. Recent grantees include The 5 Gyres Institute and the San Francisco Conservation Corp.

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has an open application process with two deadlines: May and November.

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