Lattner Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports efforts in the arts and humanities, education, environment, health and social services, especially when provided by Christian organizations. In the Southeast, LFF supports Palm Beach County, Florida, and the state of Georgia.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and humanities, education, environment, health and social services, Christian organizations

IP TAKE: This is a low-profile funder that likes to support a wide range of causes in Palm Beach County, Florida. This foundation has been supporting local causes for quite a while, and any Christian-based groups should definitely get in touch.

PROFILE: The Lattner Family Foundation is a family foundation created by Forrest C. Lattner, a longtime Delray Beach resident. It seeks to “make a significant difference by supporting creative and innovative programs that encourage hope and personal responsibility in [its] chosen areas of giving.” Based in Delray Beach, Florida, the foundation works to continue its founder’s legacy of grant making. Lattner was an oil executive and investment banker, and he became the largest shareholder of the Central Louisiana Electric Company. He also founded the Delray Oil Company in San Antonio.

The foundation supports geographic areas where its trustees reside: Palm Beach County, Florida, as well as Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and Rhode Island. LFF funding priorities include arts and humanities, education, environment, and health and social services. It pays special attention to Christian organizations that provide these services. At the end of a recent year, the foundation had over $71.8 million in total net assets.

The deadlines to submit a grant application are March 1 and September 1. Grant applications must be submitted by mail—fax and email submissions are not accepted. The foundation sends out notification letters to applicants about 12 weeks after meetings in late spring and late fall.

Grant seekers can access links from the funder’s website to complete the grant application form before printing and mailing it in. Grant seekers are also welcome to include photos, brochures, renderings, and other materials with the mailed grant request proposal and Form 990.

Martha L. Walker is the chairman of the board of directors and serves on the board with six other trustees. The foundation team can be reached via online contact form or by phone at (561) 278-3781. The address is 770 East Atlantic Avenue, #201, Delray Beach, Florida, 33483. Online inquiries are limited to no more than 150 words, so keep the initial pitch short and to the point.


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