Name of Foundation: Charles Hayden Foundation
Location: New York, New York
Contact info: charleshaydenfoundation.org or (212) 785-3677
Coverage Area: New York Metropolitan area; Boston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey
Subject Area: Youth mental and physical health, at-risk youth and low income communities, education
Assets: $316.3 million (2013)
Last Year Total Giving: $6.7 million (2015)
In a nutshell: The Charles Hayden Foundation was founded in 1937 by Charles Hayden, an American banker and investor. Hayden began the foundation to serve children’s needs through funding educational organizations, museums and youth development programs.The foundation emphasizes its desire to support youth, and using its grantees as tools for serving vulnerable children.
Through Program Support grants, the foundation gives money to community-based programs serving at-risk youth. The grants are distributed with preference to organizations that have made long-term improvements within communities.
In 2015 donations from the Charles Hayden Foundation generally ranged from from $20,00 to $350,000. The largest grantees were Boston College, KIPP NYC, the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation and Summer Search.
Types of grants fall into two categories: Youth development programs and school programs
Youth development programs must provide youth with safe and educational activities for children not in school.
School programs fund charter schools, public school and private institutions that charge no more than $10,000 for tuition. These schools are categorized by the age of youth they serve and each of the three categories have specific requirements for grantmaking guidelines.
The current President and CEO is Kenneth Merin; Dean Steeger is Chairman of the Board,
How to apply: Applicants must apply online through the foundation’s website and fall under either the youth development program or school program category.
An invitation is required to submit an application for the school program grant.
Forms are offered depending on the program’s location, either New York/New Jersey or Massachusetts. The foundation uses the Associated Grant Makers’ Common Proposal Form for this portion.
The application also requires detailed information about the program such as number of youth served, the ages serviced, program budget and recent financial reports.
Interviews are scheduled with potential grantees once their applications are submitted and have been reviewed.