Scaife Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: This West Palm Beach, Florida-based funder supports women and children, animal welfare, interactions between humans and animals, and drug and alcohol prevention and intervention. It accepts unsolicited applications throughout the year.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and children, animal welfare, interactions between humans and animals, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention

IP TAKE: This is a conservative funder that regularly pays attention to Florida nonprofits. However, Scaife is a good organization to know for funding opportunities in other parts of the U.S. too.

PROFILE: The Scaife Family Foundation (SFF) is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is part of the Scaife Foundations and fortune of Richard Mellon Scaife. Scaife (1932-2014) was heir to fortunes in Mellon banking, aluminum, and oil, and he was also the owner and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. During his lifetime, he was known as a strong supporter of conservative policy and libertarian causes. Scaife Foundations comprises the Scaife Family Foundation (profiled here), the Sarah Scaife Foundation (which merged with the Carthage Foundation), and the Allegheny Foundation.

The Scaife Family Foundation, which was established in 1983, supports health and welfare of women and children, animal welfare, and the connection between humans and animals. To a lesser extent, it supports drug and alcohol addiction prevention and intervention efforts. Private conservation is also an interest. Many grants stay in and around West Palm Beach, Florida.

The foundation does not typically award grants to individuals, capital campaigns, renovations, government agencies, event sponsorships, or endowments. Grants are often between $10,000 and $100,000. Grantees include Children’s Home Society of Florida, Palm Beach Island Cats, and the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. The Scaife Foundations have funded multiple organizations that dispute scientific evidence regarding climate change. Annual grantmaking has exceeded $2.7 million in past years. View SFF’s annual reports on the foundation website, which has not been updated for some time.

To apply for an SFF grant, grant seekers must submit a letter signed by their organization’s president and approved by their board of directors. This letter should include a program description, budget, board information, tax information, and financial information. The funder holds semiannual meetings, but grant seekers can submit a grant request at any time of the year. Make requests for the spring meeting by March 1, and requests for the fall meeting by September 1. Request letters must be submitted via mail.

David A. Zywiec is president of the Scaife Family Foundation, and Jennie K. Scaife is chairman of the SFF board. At the end of a recent year, the funder’s total market value exceeded $79 million. The mailing address is 777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 909, East Tower, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. Phone is (561) 659-1188.


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