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, Arts

IP TAKE: The Halle Foundation website states that it prefers to invest its "time and talent to collaborate with its network of resources to solve issues rather than support agencies." While the foundation doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, a project summary can be submitted to Halle via email. 

PROFILE: Arizona's richest individual, Bruce Halle, and his wife Diane, are currently worth $6 billion. Halle is the man behind Discount Tire, 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 founded the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation in 2002. Discount Tire engages in charity as well.

The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, meanwhile, describes its mission as creating and implementing "collaborative philanthropy, while working with its grant partners to multiply the impact of each investment it makes." Halle lists seven focus areas: Social Justice, homelessness, hunger, human services, education, health & medicine, and arts & culture.

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. A $1 million grant from the foundation established the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice, a unique, multidisciplinary, comprehensive legal services and policy research center based at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Halle has also supported the Arizona Foundation for Women. A 2011 grant to the outfit bankrolled research on the issue of minor sex trafficking in Arizona. Halle also supports the National Advocacy and Training Network (NATN). A $300,000 grant over six years to NATN/SEEDs supports programs, shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and substance abuse.

In the foundation's hunger focus area, Halle has supported outfits such as 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 recently focused on UMOM New Day Centers. A $700,000, multi-year grant has supported UMOM, whose mission is to "provide homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency." Halle has also supported Children First Academy Phoenix and Children First Academy Tempe, the nation’s largest schools for homeless children.

Halle has also made grants toward a number of human services outfits in Arizona. The couple gave a $100,000 grant to the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA Dental Clinic, which helps low income families and children.

Halle's health grantmaking is particularly personal, given that both Halle and Dianne lost their first spouses to cancer. The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix is the site of the Diane & Bruce Halle Neuro-Oncology Research Lab. Recent money has also gone to the Mayo Medical Clinic/School in Scottsdale, and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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.

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, grantseekers can submit an online summary of their organization and the project to info@hallefamilyfoundation.org. Before doing so, visit the foundation's funding inquiries page.

PEOPLE:

  • Diane M. Halle, President, Chair & Director
  • Lisa Pedersen, Director

LINKS:

Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation