The Foundation at a Glance

Founders:  Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon

Year of Establishment:  1969

President:  Earl Lewis

Total Endowment, as of December 31, 2015: $6,127,391,000

Grants Awarded, 2015:  $282,806,000

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.  The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

Foundation Officers

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