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The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were organized in 1952 and are supported by two trusts established by Mr. Arthur Vining Davis.

Our History
The Foundations are a legacy of Mr. Davis' successful corporate leadership, and they aim to honor his ambitious philanthropic vision. Since their inception, the Foundations have given over 4,600 grants totaling more than $385 million to colleges and universities, hospitals, medical schools and divinity schools.
Mr. Davis intended that his namesake foundations would fund organizations and projects across the nation that advance "religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes."
Our Founder
Our Legacy
Throughout its history, the foundations have supported various efforts to improve education, public media, religion, health, and the environment across the United States. These are common assets of American life and their vibrancy and well-being is instrumental to our collective flourishing. In supporting these sectors, the Foundations are investing in our common future.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations currently fund in five areas: Private Higher Education, Public Educational Media, Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy, Palliative Care, and Environmental Solutions.
Our Programs

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