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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and it believes that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. The foundation prioritizes social justice in all of its grantmaking .


Trust established in 1940 in DE as Avalon Foundation; incorporated in 1954 in NY; merged with Old Dominion Foundation and renamed The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1969 - Founded in the name of the late Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937) by his children. His daughter Ailsa Mellon Bruce established the Avalon Foundation in 1940 and his son Paul Mellon established The Old Dominion Foundation in 1941. The two foundations consolidated, resulting in The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Mellon was a banking magnate who financed several industrial companies including Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) and Carborundum Company. He served as Secretary of the United States Treasury from 1921 through 1932. During his life, Mellon gave away nearly $10 million. Much of it went to educational and charitable institutions in his native Pittsburgh, but his most famous gift was the money and the pictures that were used to establish the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Independent foundation




140 E. 62nd St. New York City, NY United States 10065-8124

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