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Hearst Foundations

Hearst Foundations







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The Hearst Foundations supports well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests - culture, education, health and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.In each area of funding, the Foundations look to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.Culture:The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent. Supported organizations include arts schools, ballets, museums, operas, performing arts centers, symphonies and theaters.Within this focus area, preference will be given to:Artist development and trainingArts education programs that effectively fill the void of arts programming in K–12 curriculaScience programs that focus on developing skills in science, technology, engineering, environment and mathEducation:The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.Within this focus area, preference will be given to:Higher education programs and scholarships and, on a limited basis, scholarships for post-graduate educationCollege access and college success programmingProfessional development for educatorsScience education programs that focus on developing career pathways in science, technology, engineering, environment and mathHealth:The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving healthcare needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. The Foundations also support medical research and the development of young investigators to help create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health.Within this focus area, preference will be given to:Professional developmentPrograms improving access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations, rural populations and/or veteransPrograms developing and providing specialized care for the complex needs of elderly populationsPrograms providing intensive behavioral healthcare*Programs scaling innovative healthcare delivery systems to provide efficient, coordinated careResearch, particularly related to finding new cures and treatments for prevalent diseases, such as cancerSocial Service:The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.Within this focus area, preference will be given to:Affordable housingFood banks and food delivery, provided services are program-relatedJob creation and job trainingLegal services for those in need of legal representationPrison education and reentry programsTwo-generation family programsYouth developmentAn organization’s national headquarters for wider initiatives instead of local chaptersThe foundation also funds programs (though limited) in the areas of domestic violence / abuse, sexual abuse, and substance abuse / addiction.EligibilityEligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations with an operating budget of at least $1 million.Proposals are accepted year round through the Hearst Foundations' Online Application. The board meets to approve grants in March, June, September, and December.Funding is available All. 8/30

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