Nell J. Redfield Foundation: Grants for Nevada

OVERVIEW: The Nell J. Redfield Foundation supports health, medical research, care of handicapped, children, and the aged, education, and religion in Northern Nevada.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, medical research, care of handicapped, children, and the aged, education, religion

IP TAKE: The founders have a fascinating history in Reno, yet current grantmaking remains low-key. The foundation mostly funds familiar and well-established local organizations each year.

PROFILE: The Nell J. Redfield Foundation is a private foundation based in Reno, Nevada. Nell Redfield was the wife of the late Reno millionaire, LaVere Redfield, who passed away in 1974. After moving from Southern California, they lived in a mansion in Reno and have been the subjects of many local rumors and folklore. Gerald C. Smith is the foundation’s current director. There is also a hospital in Malad City, Idaho named after Nell J. Redfield. The funder supports local health, medical research, care of handicapped, children, and the aged, education, and religion causes.

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, it has been a large supporter of capital projects for health organizations and hospitals. It steadily funds the University of Nevada’s Reno Foundation, as well as local museums, arts groups, education initiatives, and health causes. Redfield often funds construction projects but also some individual programs and scholarships too.

Grants range between about $100,000 and $1 million. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Northern Nevada and the city of Reno. Past local grantees include the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Philharmonic, and Northern Nevada HOPES.

According to recent tax records, this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The submission deadlines are January 15 through June 1. Reno-area grantseekers should submit applications to the Gerald C. Smith’s attention via mail. Direct general questions to the foundation at 775-323-1373.

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