Mellon at a Glance

Founders:  Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon

Year of Establishment:  1969

President:  Elizabeth Alexander

Total Endowment, as of December 31, 2020:  $8,161,131,000

Grants Awarded, 2020:  $417,359,000

Our Mission

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

Mellon makes grants in four core program areas: Arts and Culture; Higher LearningHumanities in Place; and Public Knowledge.


Foundation Officers

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