- Assets: $8,212,520 (2009)
- Grants Received: $7,485,929 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $7,739,700 (2009)
Incorporated in 1954 in New York City, the American Express Foundation's funding priorities involve Community Service, Cultural Heritage, and Economic Independence. These three broad grant-making categories are subdivided into the following: Aging; Animals and Wildlife; Arts and Culture; Community Service; Crime and Violence Prevention; Diseases and Disabilities (especially AIDS/HIV Services & Research); Adult Education (verbal and financial literacy); Job Training; Vocational Education; Environment; Family Services; Gay and Lesbian Issues and Services; Public Libraries; Art and History Museums; Performing Arts; Race and Intergroup Relations; Visual Arts; Women and Girls; Women and Minority Business Development & Opportunities; Women's Economic Empowerment; and Youth Development Services.
Much of the American Express Foundation's funding within the U.S. is earmarked for minority, gay, feminist, environmental, and abortion rights groups. Most Foundation grants go to projects operating in locations where the company has a major employee or market presence.
Among the beneficiaries of American Express Foundation grants are the Aspen Institute; Brookings Institution; the Center for Women's Policy Studies; the Children's Defense Fund; Earth Share; Greenpeace; the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund; the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; the National Council of La Raza; the National Organization for Women's Legal Defense & Education Fund; the National Urban League; Planned Parenthood; and the Urban Institute.
The Chairman of the American Express Foundation is Thomas Schick, who has also been the American Express Company's Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications since March 1993.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the American Express Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)