- Assets: $857,431,395 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $44,392,650 (2009)
Howard F. Ahmanson, Sr. (1906-1968), founder of the savings and loan company H.F. Ahmanson, established the Ahmanson Foundation in 1952. Upon his death, his estate was divided between his son Howard, Jr. and the Foundation that bears the father's name.
The Foundation's mission, as stated in its articles of incorporation, is "to administer funds for charitable, scientific, educational, literary, and religious purposes, all for the public welfare."
The Ahmanson Foundation's grant-making programs are divided into several categories: (a) Arts and Culture; (b) Disadvantaged (for homeless and low-income people); (c) Education (collegiate and pre-collegiate); (d) Environment; (e) Library (specialized collections); (f) Medicine; and (g) Health Care Services. According to the Foundation, these funds may be used for "awards, construction, disaster relief, endowment, equipment, events, general support, lectures, multi-year support, program development, recruitment, renovation, scholarships, supplies, and training."
Among the Ahmanson Foundation's recent grantees are the following: the Center for Community Change; the Greenlining Institute; Human Rights Watch; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; National Public Radio; Planned Parenthood; the Urban Institute; and the World Vision International.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Ahmanson Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)