Booth Ferris Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Booth Ferris funds arts, culture, and K-12 education projects, all of which focus on New York City. However, its higher education projects maintain a national scope and focus largely on "capacity building" activities.

IP TAKE: Booth Ferris’s giving demonstrates a broad range of interests. Private liberal arts colleges and organizations with college and career readiness programs should especially keep an eye on this funder.

PROFILE: Established in 1957 by Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris, the Booth Ferris Foundation has awarded over $281 million to charitable causes over the course of its history. Booth was a successful banker and business executive who became the vice-president of the Guaranty Trust Company and Hotpoint Electric Heating Company. Booth Ferris funds Education, Arts and Culture and Strengthening NYC.

Booth Ferris’s Education funding falls into two categories, K-12 and Higher Education. Its higher education program “provides capacity building support for institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States.” Past grantees include Agnes Scott College in Georgia for a Resource Center for Math and Science, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for capacity building activities related to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania for a Next Generation Leaders mentoring study, among many others.

Grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. The foundation maintains a list of its most Recent Grants.

The Booth Ferris Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals, with a yearly deadline of February 1, and announcements made in June or July.

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