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Booth Ferris Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open

BACKGROUND

Trusts established in 1957 and 1958 in NY; merged in 1964.

A business executive and banker, Mr. Willis H. Booth was vice-president of both the Guaranty Trust Company and Hotpoint Electric Heating Company. He served on the boards of numerous corporations, and was a member of national and international trade commissions. The foundation was established under the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife Chancie Ferris Booth.

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Arts, education, public affairs

LIMITATIONS

Giving limited to the New York, NY, metropolitan area for the arts, K-12 education, and civic and urban affairs; a broader geographic scope for higher education.

No support for federated campaigns, community chests, social services and cultural institutions from outside the New York metropolitan area, or for work with specific diseases or disabilities.

No grants to individuals, or for research; generally no grants to educational institutions for scholarships, fellowships, or unrestricted endowments; no loans.

FINANCIAL DATA

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $226,931,028 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,704,587

Total giving: $9,038,075

Qualifying distributions: $9,346,306

Giving activities include:

$9,038,075 for 95 grants (high: $250,000; low: $725)

SELECTED GRANTS

The following grants are a representative sample of this grantmaker's funding activity:

  • $250,000 to Education Pioneers, Brooklyn, NY, in 2012. For capacity building associated with program expansion in New York City
  • $225,000 to Turnaround for Children, New York, NY, in 2012. For First installment of a $450,000 grant to develop communications and policy capacity to improve education in high-poverty schools
  • $200,000 to Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, in 2012. For Grant of $200,000 for the Carr Hall renovation project
  • $200,000 to Theater for a New Audience, New York, NY, in 2012. For the capital campaign for a new building
  • $200,000 to New York Shakespeare Festival, New York, NY, in 2012. For the capital campaign to renovate the organization's historic building
  • $200,000 to Carnegie Hall Society, New York, NY, in 2012. For the expansion of its Carnegie Hall Online Resource Center
  • $200,000 to Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, in 2012. For Final installment of a $400,000 grant for the Safeguarding A Sound Basic Education project
  • $150,000 to Drawing Center, New York, NY, in 2012. For capital campaign to renovate and expand its building
  • $100,000 to PENCIL, New York, NY, in 2012. For First installment of a $200,000 grant for technology and communications assistance to enlarge business sector in education
  • $75,000 to W N Y C Radio, New York, NY, in 2012. For First installment of a $150,000 grant for the Cultural Partnership Programming Fund