The Foundation at a Glance

Founders:  Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon

Year of Establishment:  1969

President:  Elizabeth Alexander

Total Endowment, as of December 31, 2018:  $6,508,689,000

Grants Awarded, 2018:  $316,840,000

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to strengthen, promote, and defend the centrality of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse, fair, and democratic societies.  To this end, our core programs support exemplary and inspiring institutions of higher education and culture. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

Foundation Officers

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