William J. & Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The William J. & Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation supports arts and culture, children and youth, education, animal welfare, and health in Idaho.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, children and youth, education, animal welfare, health

IP TAKE: Idaho Falls is at the center of this funder’s grantmaking, and the founder’s family has managed the foundation since William Maeck’s death in February 2018. It also lacks transparency, restricting information about its grantmaking strategies or priorities.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the William J. & Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation is an independent foundation in Idaho Falls, Idaho. William Maeck was a chemist who worked at the National Reactor Testing Station; he was also a successful stock market investor. His wife Shirley was a surgical nurse, and the couple donated to many local causes during their lifetimes. Recent foundation grantmaking areas of interest broadly include arts and culture, children and youth, education, animal welfare and health.

Foundation grants range between $2,500 and $10,000. However, the funder occasionally awards larger grants, as well. Past grantees include Idaho Falls Dog Park, the College of Eastern Idaho, the Idaho Falls Zoo, and the Museum of Idaho. Maeck has also provided funding for Habitat for Humanity, the Shrine Children’s Hospital, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Idaho Falls. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on nonprofits in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Other local cities receiving support include Swan Valley, Gooding, Twin Falls, and Boise. The foundation does not publicly share its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, as it only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 208-524-4200.

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