Argosy Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Argosy Foundation supports a broad range of education efforts across the United States, which include projects related to innovative learning programs, capacity building, staff development, and infrastructure.

IP TAKE: Argosy’s conservation grants tend to support specific programs. This funder awards few grants for general operating expenses.

PROFILE: Co-founder of Boston Scientific, John Abele established the Argosy Foundation in 1997 to “employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible.” It seeks to make the world a better place to live for all. The foundation prioritizes arts and culture, education, the environment, health, human services, international/foreign affairs, and public/society benefits.

Argosy's higher education grantmaking includes "scholarship funds, development of innovative learning programs in partnership with educational institutions, capacity-building, infrastructure and staff development." The foundation supports programs "within schools and higher education institutions, themselves, as well as independent, 501 (c)3 organizations that advocate for education improvement locally and nationally." Argosy also supports scholarship funds.

According to its tax filings, past higher education grantees include Franklin Wolin College of Engineering, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Amherst College. Argosy grants can go as high as $650,000. Most however, tend to stay within the $10,000 to $100,000 range. Read more about selected Argosy grantees here. For more information on the foundation, download its latest annual reports. Argosy does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.


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