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Atherton Family Foundation


Last profile update: 04/16/2018
Last grant data update: 05/17/2018

At A Glance

Atherton Family Foundation

827 Fort Street Mall

Honolulu, HI United States 96813-4317

Telephone: (808) 537-6333


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Incorporated in 1975 in HI as successor to Juliette M. Atherton Trust established in 1915; F. C. Atherton Trust merged into the foundation in 1976 - The original trust bore the name of its benefactor, the late Juliette M. Atherton (widow of J.B. Atherton), who entrusted the philanthropy to the direction of three of her children as a means of continuing the charitable works in which she was engaged during her lifetime. The daughter of pioneer American missionaries, Mrs. Atherton was particularly concerned with Protestant religious, charitable, and educational agencies. The late Frank C. Atherton, son of the founder and one of the original trustees, established the F.C. Atherton Trust in 1935 to continue his support of charitable programs in Hawaii.

Purpose and Activities

The Foundation makes grants for programs and projects that benefit the people of Hawaii. Giving primarily for arts, culture, and humanities; community development; education; environment; health; human services; spiritual development; and youth development. Scholarships for the postgraduate education of Protestant ministers, Protestant ministers' children for undergraduate study, and for graduate theological education at a Protestant seminary. Foundation staff and grants administration is provided by the Hawaii Community Foundation.