Information About the Contribution Program
The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 under the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth. Since that time, approximately $281 million has been contributed from the Foundation to worthy organizations for a variety of charitable purposes. Grants are made to charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not classified as private foundations.
In 2013 $9,000,000 was distributed for approximately 91 grants.
The Foundation meets periodically during the year; therefore, applications may be submitted at any time. Interviews will not be granted prior to the submission of a proposal. Interviews will be granted after a proposal is received only in those cases in which the Trustee feels it will be helpful.
We will make every effort to inform applicants promptly if their proposal will not be successful. An applicant whose proposal has been turned down is not encouraged to apply again for at least a year.
The Foundation’s primary interest is in the field of education, including smaller colleges and public education initiatives in New York City. The Foundation also makes grants to strenghten the nonprofit sector and support cultural institutions in New York City. Grants in other areas are made occasionally, most often in the fields in which the Booth family had an interest. The Foundation primarily funds capital and capacity building projects.
Grants are not made to organizations whose primary work is conducted outside of the United States, and grants are not made to individuals, to federated campaigns or to work with specific diseases or disabilities. Proposals from educational institutions for scholarships and fellowships and for unrestricted endowment are discouraged, as are proposals for individual research efforts at such institutions. Proposals from social services and cultural institutions from outside the metropolitan New York area will not be considered.
- JPMorgan Chase Bank, Trustee