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The John P. Murphy Foundation was established in 1960 by attorney and businessman John P. Murphy and his wife Gladys T. Murphy to distribute grants for “charitable, educational, scientific, literary and religious purposes” in the Greater Cleveland area. Today, the Foundation focuses on arts and culture, community and higher education.

In the past twenty years, the John P. Murphy Foundation distributed nearly $57.0 million in grants, including nearly $12.0 million in the recent five-year period. At the end of its most recent fiscal year, the fair market value of the Foundation endowment was approximately $52.0 million.