How a Broadway Producer Supports the LGBT Community

Edward W. Snowdon Jr., or Ted Snowdon, as he's often called, is a veteran producer of Broadway plays and musicals. Armed with a degree from Syracuse University and an advanced degree in directing from the Catholic University of America, Snowdon has gone on to have a multi-decade career on Broadway with productions like "The Elephant Man" and "Spring Awakening." More recently, he's been involved in the musical "The Visit." It's unclear how much Snowdon is worth, but he's followed in the footsteps of his family and turned to philanthropy.

His grandfather, Arthur B Hill founded the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in New Jersey in the late 1950s. These days, the foundation, where Snowdon and other family members sit on the board, is laser-focused on low-income families— particularly low-income, youth of color and low-wage workers. The foundation has even launched an initiative titled Making Black Lives Matter, "a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic movement moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice."

Snowdon also works a social justice angle via his Ted Snowdon Foundation, a charitable vehicle with two primary focus areas:

  • "To promote research, study, production and dissemination of the performing arts, and to encourage interest in many forms of artistic endeavor."
  • "To provide financial aid and assisiance to organizations attending principally to the concerns and needs of the lesbian and gay community."

Snowdon recently married his partner in New York, so supporting the LGBT community is personal. Grantmaking here spans advocacy and policy, as well as supporting health in the community and more. A recent sampling of grantees includes Lambda Legal Defense Education Fund ("a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work"), Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Astrea Foundation, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Grantmaking has also considered the elderly and LGBT individuals of color. Consider Snowdon's support of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and TrueChild, which "helps donors, policy-makers and practitioners reconnect race, class and gender through "gender transformative" approaches that challenge rigid gender norms and inequities."

The Ted Snowdon Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Instead, applicants must first submit a one-page letter of introduction requesting the grant application procedure. Many of the foundation's grants are under $50,000, and first time grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. For a complete overview of this funder read our profile and guide for this funder below.