Gerald R. Jordan Jr. Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Gerald R. Jordan Jr. Foundation awards grants to Massachusetts, New England, and Florida-based organizations in the arts, education, health, and social services areas.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, education, medical care, social services, youth services

IP TAKE: Since the Jordan Foundation does not have a website or a staff, the founder's wife and executive director, Darlene, may be a grantseeker’s best bet to learn more about the grant application process.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Gerald R. Jordan Jr. Foundation is the foundation of the chairman and founder of Hellman, Jordan Management. Jordan is a hedge fund manager who gives significantly to Boston area and New England nonprofits through his foundation. Jordan got his start at Harvard University, served as a Navy lieutenant, began an investment career at Putnam Management Company, and then started his own management company. Since Jordan's son has taken over as president for the hedge fund, he pursued a retirement career as a philanthropist. Grantmaking areas of interest are the arts, education, health, and social services.

The Jordan Foundation does not award grants to individuals but nearly any other type of nonprofit need is on this foundation’s radar. Universities seeking scholarship funds tend to fare well with the foundation, as do cancer research facilities, specialty hospitals, orchestra groups, and museums. Some Jordan Foundation grants in the Boston area have included $2.7 million to Harvard, $637,000 to Massachusetts General Hospital, $100,000 to Fordham University. Many years, Jordan has given over a million dollars to his alma mater, Harvard University, for scholarships and general fundraising.

Foundation grants range from the hundreds of thousands of dollars to well into the millions. Learn more about this funder’s giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking is largely focused on Massachusetts and the other New England states. It awards additional grants in Florida. The foundation does not have a website or publicize any of its grantmaking guidelines.

Also, it does not appear that this funder accepts unsolicited grant applications. The foundation’s phone number is 617-261-9800

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