Name of Foundation: The George Gund Foundation
Contact Info: www.gundfoundation.org Phone: (216) 241-3114
Coverage Area: 85 percent of all grants are given within Cleveland. The remaining may be granted to organizations outside Cleveland if they will impact the Cleveland area.
Subject Area: Arts, Economic Development and Community Revitalization, Education, Environment, Human Services
Assets: $456.3 million (2012)
Last Year Giving: $25.6 million (2012)
In a nutshell: The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society. George Gund begun is career in real estate and banking in the Seattle Area. He settled in Cleveland and eventually became the President of The Cleveland Trust Company in 1941.
Grantmaking until Mr. Gund’s death in 1966 primarily reflected his personal commitment to institutions that had been important in his life. After his death in 1966, the foundation’s assets grew considerably the Foundation hired its first staff in 1969.
At that time, the Foundation began to develop priorities and guidelines that reflected not only Mr. Gund’s interests but also new areas of commitment. The Gund family continues to be actively involved in the decision making of the foundation. His son, Geoffrey, is currently president of the board which now includes both second and third generation family members.
How to Apply: Review the Gund Foundation guidelines, under What We Fund to determine whether or not your organization is a potential fit for funding. If you believe your organization is a match, you will need to fill out an Online Grant Application. After completing the online application, you will receive a message from the foundation letting you know they have received your application.
Deadlines for submitting proposals for consideration at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Trustees are March 15 (for summer meeting), July 15 (for fall meeting) and November 15 (for winter-spring meeting). Proposals are due the next business day if a deadline falls on a weekend.
Applicants with questions about grant application procedures should call the Foundation at (216) 241-3114.