OVERVIEW: The Dorrance Family Foundation focuses grantmaking on arts, children’s health, animal welfare, animal therapy for veterans and youth with disabilities, sustainable agriculture, organizational effectiveness and capacity, mission investing, and natural resource conservation projects in Arizona, California, and Hawaii
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, children’s health, animal welfare, animal therapy for veterans and youth with disabilities, sustainable agriculture, organizational effectiveness and capacity, mission investing, natural resource conservation projects
IP TAKE: The Dorrance name may be most familiar for its local first-generation scholarship program, but education and environmental grant opportunities should be on Arizona nonprofits’ radar as well.
PROFILE: Established in 1991, the Dorrance Family Foundation (DFF) is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is the foundation of Bennett Dorrance, co-owner of the Campbell Soup Company, which was founded by his grandfather John T. Dorrance. The funder aims to “projects that work to resolve societal, educational and environmental problems strategically and make our communities a better place.” Grantmaking areas of interest include arts, children’s health, animal welfare, animal therapy for veterans and youth with disabilities, sustainable agriculture, organizational effectiveness and capacity, mission investing, and natural resource conservation projects.
DFF’s natural resource conservation grantmaking focuses on forests, marine and coastal areas, rivers and streams, wetlands and watersheds, wildlife habitats, and sustainable agriculture and land management. DFF supports arts and culture, children's medical research, science, and other community needs as well. However, priority is given to nonprofits that have a personal connection to the foundation’s directors. DFF’s education grantmaking revolves around the following areas: low-income and underserved students, first generation graduates, literacy, quality teacher training and recruitment, and science and technology education. The foundation also awards grants to primary, secondary, and post-secondary education organizations.
To support Arizona’s first-generation college students, DFF established a scholarship program in 1999. Dorrance Scholarship Programs supports around 150 students at Arizona’s three public universities and at South Mountain Community College. The scholarships are part of signature program at the Arizona Community Foundation.
Foundation grants often range from $25,000 to $100,000. The funder does not have an online grants database, but past grantees include Ballet Arizona, the Translational Genomics Research Institute Foundation, and Not My Kid. Arizona is one of DFF’s primary geographic focuses. However, the foundation also makes grants in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California and the Big Island of Hawaii.
The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, but full proposals are by invitation only. The foundation staff meets two or three times each year to review applications and award grants. Direct general questions to the staff at 480-367-7000 or via online form.
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