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John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc. and Memorial Trust

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Restricted


John Ben Snow was born and raised in Pulaski, New York, a small village north of Syracuse.  He graduated from New York University in 1904 and soon thereafter entered the Woolworth organization.  A man of vision, he was attracted to mass market sales and introduced innovative retailing techniques.  He rose rapidly through the ranks of Woolworth from stock boy to corporate director, initially in New York, and finally in Great Britain, where he accumulated a small fortune through hard work, savings and wise investments.  After retiring from Woolworth's in 1939, Mr. Snow devoted the remainder of his life to building the Speidel chain of newspapers and publishing the Western Horseman.  He was fond of animals, especially horses, enjoyed racing, fox hunting, polo and range riding.  Throughout his life, John Ben Snow shared his wealth with relatives, friends, business associates and fellow Pulaskians.  He gave generously and freely to those persons and causes he cherished.  He preferred to "invest" in people, especially the young, by making available financial assistance.  He also believed in improving the quality of life in Pulaski and its environs.

The Memorial Trust responds to the ever-changing needs of various segments of the population, especially to the needs of young people and people who are disadvantaged either physically or economically.

It is the Memorial Trust’s general policy to give preference to proposals seeking funds for new or enhanced programs, one-time, short-term grants to sustain a program until funding is stabilized, matching grants used to encourage the participation of other donors, and “last dollars” towards a capital campaign. 


education, environment


The Memorial Trust will not accept proposals from individuals or for-profit organizations.  Additionally, the Memorial Trust does not encourage proposals from religious organizations or proposals for endowments, contingency funding, or debt reduction.  There are no minimums or maximum grant amounts; however, most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.