Adams Legacy Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Adams Legacy Foundation sponsors nature outreach and education programs in the states of California and Ohio.

IP TAKE: Working mainly with nonprofits in California and Ohio, the Adams Legacy Foundation’s recent funding has focused on the potential of nature as a source of solace and problem-solving. This funder prioritizes experiential, inquiry-based learning and outdoor experiences for K-12 populations.

PROFILE: Based in Long Beach, California, the Adams Legacy Foundation was founded in 2006 by Peter Adams, the former owner of the Adams Rite Manufacturing Company, and his wife, Rebecca, with profits from the sale of their family business. The foundation is run by the Adams family. Central to its funding is the belief “that the thoughtful appreciation of [n]ature is critical to developing a well-rounded individual, as well as to ensuring a livable planet for future generations.” Every five years, the foundation begins a new funding “cycle,” which refines the scope of its work. The 2016-2020 grant cycle promotes “the potential for solace and lessons of nature to […] solv[e] […] specific local problems.”

In K-12 education, the Adams Legacy Foundation funds experiential, inquiry-based and immersive educational experiences, emphasizing outdoor activity as opposed to traditional classroom-based learning. This funder prioritizes shifting children away from electronics. In 2017, Adams Legacy partnered with the California-based Wildwoods Foundation to sponsor a series of trips to the Santa Monica Mountains for families from inner city Los Angeles with young children.

Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Adams Legacy Foundation limits funding to nonprofits in California and Ohio, but organizations in other areas are occasionally invited to apply for grants.

This foundation has an online application process. Questions may be directed to the foundation’s executive director, Blair Carty.

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