The Foundation at a Glance

Founders:  Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon

Year of Establishment:  1969

President:  Elizabeth Alexander

Total Endowment, as of December 31, 2020:  $8,161,131,000

Grants Awarded, 2020:  $417,359,000

As the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the US, the Mellon Foundation seeks to build just communities where ideas and imagination can thrive.  To this end, our core programs support exemplary and inspiring institutions of higher education and culture. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas:  Higher Learning; Arts and Culture; Public Knowledge; and Humanities in Place.

Foundation Officers

View the Foundation's complete staff listing.