Programs Overview

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees recently completed a comprehensive, three-year strategic planning process which included a review of program areas and funding priorities in the context of both the founder’s vision of strengthening America's “religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational organizations” and to better align with current and future philanthropic opportunities.

A significant part of the strategic planning process was conversations with scholars and thought leaders across the nation. The information gathered in these meetings helped the AVDF Trustees and staff identify new and emerging trends in each area that informed future philanthropic efforts. 

After thorough research, analysis, and deliberation, the Foundations' Board of Trustees confirmed its continuing commitments:

The Foundations' Board of Trustees additionally agreed to introduce two new priorities as pilot programs. In these two programs, grant proposal will be considered from designated partner organizations ONLY, and the Foundations will not consider unsolicited requests from other organizations.  

The Foundations welcome letters of inquiry from organizations whose work aligns with the program priorities listed on each program page. Please note, the Foundations' program staff will not accept calls to discuss projects in advance of the submission of a letter of inquiry. If you feel your project is aligned with the philanthropic priorities of the Foundations, please submit a letter of inquiry through our grantee portal. If your organization's idea is competitive within our portfolio of projects, a member of the Foundations' program staff will contact you. 

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