Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation: Arizona Grants

OVERVIEW: The philanthropic vehicle of billionaire Bruce Halle, the founder of Discount Tire, and his wife Diane, the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation does most of its grantmaking in Arizona, with particular interests in fighting homelessness, providing justice, and supporting human services.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, health and medicine, arts and culture, homelessness, social justice, hunger, religion, scholarship

IP TAKE: This funder has revamped its strategy to embrace social change and often funds causes backed by an entrepreneurial spirit.  

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Bruce Halle, the founder of Discount Tire, and his wife, Diane. Discount Tire is the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer. Halle attended Eastern Michigan University and launched his first Discount Tire more than half a century ago in Ann Arbor. Today, Discount Tire has more than 850 locations in 25 states. The Halles live in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Discount Tire engages in corporate charity as well. The funder invests “time and talent to collaborate with our network of resources to solve issues rather than support agencies.” Grantmaking areas of interest are human services, education, health and medicine, arts and culture, homelessness, social justice, hunger, religion, and scholarship.

In social justice, the foundation focuses on poor and minority women experiencing domestic violence who are more likely to lack the legal tools with which more privileged people are armed. In the foundation's hunger focus area, Halle has supported the Northern Arizona Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank, United Food Bank in Mesa, Valley of the Sun United Way, and Homelessness & Hunger Funders Collaborative. The foundation's homelessness grantmaking, meanwhile, has focused on UMOM New Day Centers. Halle has also made grants toward a number of human services outfits in Arizona. Halle's health grantmaking is particularly personal, given that both Halle and Dianne lost their first spouses to cancer. Halle also supports arts and culture in Arizona. The Phoenix Art Museum is the site of the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, which showcases Latin American art. Recent sums have gone to Phoenix Symphony, and Scottsdale Museum of the West. Halle's education grantmaking, meanwhile, includes recent grants to the University of Arizona Foundation, Tesseract School, Children First Academy (a charter school), and Educare Arizona. As well, University of Arizona is the site of the Halle Chair in Leadership. Finally, the foundation has an interest in supporting religious institutions, with recent grants going to Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley, and Southgate Church. 

Foundation grants of $25,000 or less are part of the funder’s small grants program. Other grants are in the $200,000 to $700,000 range. The funder does not have an online grants database to review past grantees. Grantmaking is mostly limited to groups that serve the state of Arizona. The Halle Foundation provides core operating grants, programmatic grants, capital grants for equipment and facility needs, large capital campaigns for select grantees, and capacity building support.

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation accepts unsolicited concept proposals from nonprofits. Grantseekers can submit a summary of their organizations and the project to info@hallefamilyfoundation.org or via mail to the foundation’s Scottdale, Arizona address.

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