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Sloan, Alfred P. Foundation

Manager: Elizabeth Colello
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1934 in DE.

Founded by the late Alfred P. Sloan, who was for many years the President and C.E.O. of General Motors Corp. He was active in the affairs of the foundation until his death in 1966. From 1934 to 1974, the foundation received gifts totaling about $182 million from him personally; from his estate and that of his wife's, Irene Jackson Sloan; and from New Castle Corp., their personal holding company. The foundation's funds are spent in two ways: 1) on programs and activities developed by foundation staff for which grants are awarded, usually on a competitive basis, to institutions; and 2) in response to unsolicited, competitively judged proposals.


economics, engineering, science


No support for creative or performing arts (except for those that educate the public about science), or for humanities, religion, or primary or secondary education, or for projects aimed at pre-college students or for-profit institutions.

No grants to individuals (except for research and publication), or for endowment or building funds, medical research, or equipment not related directly to foundation-supported projects; no loans


Total giving: $82,091,585

Qualifying distributions: $92,111,806

Giving activities include:

$75,360,005 for 318 grants (high: $3,806,541; low: $6,500)

$6,731,580 for 138 grants to individuals (high: $50,000; low: $27,269)

$664,463 for 4 foundation-administered programs


  • $10,000,000 to Astrophysical Research Consortium, Seattle, WA, in 2012. For the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV, which will study the history of the Milky Way, the evolution of galaxies, and the expansion of the Universe and dark energy over the last 12 billion years
  • $3,458,800 to National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, White Plains, NY, in 2012. To fund obligations in the Minority Ph.D. program and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership
  • $3,200,145 to University of Texas, Austin, TX, in 2012. To follow up the original nationally representative High School and Beyond (HSB) study to produce a valuable new data infrastructure and research findings about the foundation for working longer
  • $3,000,000 to New York Genome Center, New York, NY, in 2012. Toward New York Genome Center
  • $1,200,000 to Digital Public Library of America, Boston, MA, in 2012. To launch Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as independent, national organization and hire executive director and two key staff to begin operations and scale up for the first two years
  • $1,199,471 to Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, in 2012. To increase understanding of how recessions, including the Great Recession, affect the labor market activities and retirement of older Americans
  • $685,950 to Mozilla Foundation, Mountain View, CA, in 2012. To improve the quality of software produced by scientists, and to drive the development of tools, practices, and diverse community around digitally networked science