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. It does not generally accept unsolicited proposals, and it does not have clear guidelines for any of its program areas, so grantseekers may have trouble approaching this funder.

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 broadly 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 region of Southern California, such as USC and CalTech; however, this funder also invests in organizations beyond California, such as the Oregon State University Foundation.

WHH Foundation’s 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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