About the Foundations

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were organized in 1952 under a living trust established by Mr. Davis. The Foundations bear witness to his successful corporate leadership acumen and his visionary, entrepreneurial spirit in philanthropy.


Arthur Vining Davis, Founder

Mr. Davis envisioned his namesake foundation as a highly respectable organization with national reach and impact that would strengthen America in perpetuity through philanthropy to "religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the United States and its territories." 

Since inception, the Foundations have given more than 2,700 grants totaling more than $300 million to colleges and universities, hospitals, medical schools and divinity schools. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have funded visionary leadership in public television for scientific and historical documentaries, children's programming and distribution of high quality educational media.

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