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American Honda Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


 Since 1984, more than $32 million have been awarded to organizations serving over 115 million people in every state in the U.S. AHF was established by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., to commemorate its 25th anniversary in the United States and to show its appreciation of America's support through the years. It is Honda's desire that in every community in which it does business society will want Honda to exist.

Mission Statement 
 Help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.


education, engineering/technology, environment, mathematics, science


  • Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs
  • The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period



Total giving: $1,771,761

Qualifying distributions: $2,038,780

Giving activities include:

$1,771,761 for grants


  • $60,000 to DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, Washington, DC, in 2012. For DC Inquiry-Based Learning (DCIBL), designed to turn up the volume on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by providing training to youth workers from selected community-based organizations in hands-on STEM curriculum. Serving as co-explorers, these nontraditional teachers deliver engaging STEM activities to students who typically have little to no exposure to STEM. Students then use what they have learned to address a specific issue occurring in their communities - giving them a real world application of STEM. At the culminating fair, students showcase their findings before peers, family members and community leaders
  • $60,000 to Living Arts, Detroit, MI, in 2012. For El Arte STEAM/READ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Literacy Initiative), program which enlists local artists in arts residencies, serving students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight Teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in Southwest Detroit to provide innovative arts-based curricula, aligned with academic standards to improve students' science, math, technology and literacy skills. This unique approach integrates the arts into day-to-day education resulting in significant improvement in student performance
  • $60,000 to Freedom School Partners, Charlotte, NC, in 2012. For Summer Literacy Program, which targets Title-1 schools serving students in grades K-8. Six-week literacy-based camps are offered free of charge and are led by trained college interns who serve as role models. Daily activities, books and other materials are selected to incorporate culturally relevant themes in effort to make the content engaging and relatable to students. At the end of each week, the children are given a book to take home to ensure that reading continues at home