William H. Hurt Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The William H. Hurt Foundation seeks higher education institutions and organizations located in areas in which foundation staff and board members reside.

IP TAKE: This foundation generally offers single-year rather than multi-year support to its grantees.

PROFILE: Originally known as the William H. Hurt Charities, Inc., the William H. Hurt Foundation (WHH Foundation) was established in 1961. Not to be confused with the actor, William H. Hurt served as the former chair of the Capital Guardian Trust Company. The WHH Foundation invests in “human capital to make the world a little better: [they] look for great people doing brilliant work and invest in both.” It supports humanitarian efforts, education, the arts, and scientific endeavors.

WHH’s higher education grants invest in a variety of organizations; however, according to its tax filings, the majority of grants tend to support larger universities and related foundations. This funder typically supports organizations located in areas around the county in which its staff and board members live. As a result, a number of its higher education grants support schools located in the foundation’s home state of California; however, this funder invests in organizations beyond California as well. Past grantees include California Institute of Technology and the Oregon State University Foundation.

WHH Foundation grant amounts can range from $100 to $50,000. Higher education grants typically fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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