Peacock Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder awards grants in South Florida in the areas of children/youth, elderly, programs for people with disabilities, arts for educational purposes, environmental education, health/hospitals, medical research, and human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Children/Youth, Elderly, Programs for People with Disabilities, Arts for Educational Purposes, Environmental Education, Health/Hospitals, Medical Research, Human Services

IP TAKE: Miami-Dade County nonprofits of all sizes and pretty much all issues should get to know this funder. Letters of inquiry can be sent at any time. The foundation is interested in children's issues.

PROFILE: The Peacock Foundation was established in 1947 by Henry B. Peacock Jr. to benefit the health and wellbeing of children, families and underprivileged people in Southeast Florida. Peacock was born in Opelika, Alabama, started his business career in Atlanta, and moved to Miami to invest in real estate. During his lifetime, he contributed to the foundation, as well as the Miami Heart Institute, Miami Kiwanis Club, Grand Jury Association, and the Salvation Army. Much of Peacock's estate was endowed to the foundation upon his death in 1994; the foundation has given out over $40 million to charitable causes.

South Florida is the focus of this foundation, and funding areas are broad: children/youth, elderly, programs for people with disabilities, arts for educational purposes, environmental education, health/hospitals, medical research, and human services. Previously, Peacock has supported local groups Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Communities in Schools of Miami, Inc., Humane Society of Greater Miami, and Miami Theater Center, Inc. A list of past grants and amounts can be viewed here. Many grants have been between $10,000 and $50,000, for program support.

To apply for a grant, organizations should be located in and/or provide benefit to the residents of Miami-Dade County. A letter of inquiry is initially required to apply for a grant, but there are no deadlines. Letters of inquiry must be mailed—not emailed—to the staff. Proposals are reviewed by the board three times per year.

Total assets in a recent year were reported at over $43 million. Current financial data can be viewed on the funder’s Form 990.

The foundation is governed by three board officers and four other board members. It has a small staff consisting of an executive director, administrative assistant, and operations and program assistant. 

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