Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial awards higher education grants across the United States, predominately in the northeastern region of the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award a large number of higher education grants each year.

PROFILE: Catherine Hughes Waddell and Chauncey Waddell created the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, but it was not until Catherine’s “untimely death in 1961” when Chauncey Waddell established the foundation to honor Catherine’s father, who served as a former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include education, legal and human rights, environment, population and health, and arts and culture.

The foundation's higher education grantmaking supports organizations that create “provision of a sound education that enables all Americans to Lead productive lives and participate as active citizens.” This support includes in-school, out-of-school programs, presumably for the K-12 set, as well as colleges and universities. The foundation's past higher education grantees include Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Princeton University. Grants typically range from $2,000 to $50,000.

According to the foundation’s tax filings, it accepts unsolicited grant applications in the fall and spring of each year. Grantseekers should use the NY/NJ Common Application Form. Applicants must send their materials to" Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield Philanthropy / P.O. Box 20486 / New York, NY 10021. Grantseekers can also contact Shenfield Philanthropy at (212) 517-8108. While the Charles Evans Hughes Foundation appears to accept unsolicited grant applications, it does not accept unsolicited grant proposals


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