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Hearst Foundations Present Spring 2019 Grants


The Hearst Foundations have announced that 76 grants valued at $15,975,000 have been awarded to deserving nonprofit organizations. The Foundations serve as a national philanthropic resource for cultural, educational, health and social service organizations and dedicate millions of dollars in grants quarterly. Their work helps to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

This season, Hearst Foundations’ grants included a first-time grant to the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center and continued support to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for cancer care.  

Since their creation in the 1940s, the Hearst Foundations have awarded more than 21,000 grants, reflecting the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst. Grant proposals are submitted by organizations across the country, reviewed and vetted by the Foundations’ staff based in San Francisco and New York. They are then brought before the Foundations’ Board of Directors for approval.

Details on the organizations presented with grants in March 2019 are listed below.


Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc., New York, NYTo increase recruitment of and support for low-income minority male dancers.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York, NY: To support the Sustaining Cultures initiative.

Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OHTo provide scholarships to participants of the Young Artist Program.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles, Burbank, CA: General support.

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT: To provide expendable scholarships for low-income students enrolled in the National Theater Institute.

Houston Symphony, Houston, TX: To support Education and Community Engagement initiatives.

Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City, MO: To support the Reach Out and Dance Program over two years.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, FL: To support arts education programs.

Lone Star Flight Museum, Houston, TX: To support the museum’s education program.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO: To support extensive programming designed specifically for teens.

Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA: To support Youth Engagement programming.

School of American Ballet, New York, NYTo support the Diversity Initiative to increase minority representation among ballet students and dancers in the U.S.

Tectonic Theater Project, New York, NY: To support education and artistic development programs.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT: To support education initiatives.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA: To support arts-in-education programming.

The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, New York, NY: To support the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Capital Campaign. 


College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis, IN: To support mentorship program expansion.

College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY: To support new nursing simulation laboratories. 

Cristo Rey Miami High School, Miami, FL: To support the opening of Cristo Rey High School in Miami.

Freedom House, Washington, DC: To support the creation of an interactive digital platform for Freedom House’s research and data. 

Girlstart, Austin, TX: To support the scale-up of STEM education programs across Texas, California and Massachusetts.

Higher Achievement, Washington, DC: To support the High School Placement process.

Horizons National, Westport, CT: To support the expansion of programming for low-income children.

LaunchCode, St. Louis, MO: To support the National Tech Talent Training Initiative to provide free computer programming education and tech apprenticeship placement services.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Alexandria, VA: To provide need-based post-secondary scholarships for children of Marine and Navy corps members.

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO: To support the STEM program, PlantLab Student Scientists: Growing the Future.

National Archives Library of Congress, Washington, DC: To support National Archives education programs.

New York City Outward Bound Center, Inc., Long Island City, NY: To support the “To & Through College” program.

Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, IL: To support the scholar advancement program for grades six to eight.

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA: To support the Media Center of Mentorship and Excellence.

Reach Out and Read - National Center, Boston, MA: To support expansion of the Early Math Initiative to young children in Alabama and Washington.

Read Alliance, New York, NY: To support the READ Program.

Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, SD: To provide arts education programming through The Heritage Center.

Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY: To support the expendable Hearst Student Success Scholarship Fund.

Save the Children, Fairfield, CT: To establish the expendable William Randolph Hearst Fund for Early Learning in Rural America.

SMASH, Oakland, CA: To support the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy.

Teaching Matters, New York, NY: To support the Early Reading Matters program.

TGR Foundation, Irvine, CA: To support learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth at the Anaheim TGR Learning Lab.

The Blue School, New York, NY: To support more under-served students and train more educators.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States, New York, NY: To support the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center.

The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY: To support the science education initiative: A Scientist in Every School.

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA: To support Avenue E, a community college transfer program.

University of Florida Foundation, Gainesville, FL: To support the College of Journalism and Communications’ Data Deserts Project.

Wilderness Youth Project, Santa Barbara, CA: To support the Bridge to Nature program.


Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman, MT: To support the renovation and expansion of Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN: To support Community Connect, a family support model that addresses social conditions as part of the medical visit.

Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC: To support the Dental Mobile Clinic.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, MD: To support the Nonsense and Rare Mutations Research Initiative.

Direct Relief, Santa Barbara, CA: To support the Emergency Preparedness Program.

Economic Mobility Pathways, Boston, MA: To support the use of the Mobility Mentoring model by health care institutions.

Family Centers, Greenwich, CT: To support School-Based Health Centers.

MAB Community Services, Brookline, MA: To support integrated care and interventions benefiting over 1,400 seniors.

Maryhurst, Louisville, KY: To provide programs and services for adolescent girls who have suffered extreme neglect and abuse. 

MedStar Georgetown Medical Center, Washington, DC: To provide comprehensive pediatric medical services in underserved areas of Washington, DC. 

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY: To support capital investments at NYP/Columbia for cancer care. 

Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, MO: To support the purchase of robotic technologies and interventions for the new Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. 

St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA: To support the capital campaign for St. Margaret’s New Kensington Family Health Center. 

St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, Albany, NY: To support the acquisition of a 3Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system.

Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA: To support a Precision Medicine Study, in developing a biopsychosocial model of depression.

The Actors Fund, New York, NY: To support the expansion of services in the Midwest, South and West. 

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL: To support the expansion of the Thirty Million Words Center.


Best Buddies International Inc., Miami, FL: To support the Best Buddies Jobs and Friendship programs. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope, Bridgeton, MO: To support the implementation of capacity building initiatives across the Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliate network. 

Camp Fire National Headquarters, Kansas City, MO: To support youth leadership expansion efforts among older teens. 

Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Bridgeport, CT: To provide legal and social services for immigrants and refugees. 

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Dorchester, MA: To support the transformation of the Family and Training Center. 

ForKids, Norfolk, VA: To support construction of the Center for Children and Families. 

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Louisville, KY: To support employment preparation and training for individuals recovering from prescription drug abuse. 

Haven for Hope of Bexar County, San Antonio, TX: To support the Supportive Housing Program. 

Lawyers Alliance for New York, New York, NY: General support. 

Lutheran Community Services Northwest, SeaTac, WA: To support expansion of the FamilyBuilders program to provide more stable, permanent homes for high-needs foster children. 

Star of Hope Mission, Houston, TX: To support shelter and services for 7,500 homeless men, women and children.  

Step Up on Second Street, Santa Monica, CA: To provide permanent supportive housing and services to adults experiencing mental health conditions and chronic homelessness. 

The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY: To provide mentoring support to youth in foster care or aging out of foster care. 

WhyHunger, New York, NY: To support the development of a comprehensive online database of food providers in the U.S. 

YMCA of Greater Louisville, Louisville, KY: To support the Shelter House program, providing emergency shelter and assistance to teenagers.

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