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Atherton Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-09-01

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

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $95,238,174

Total giving: $4,102,097






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.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to HI residents who are children of Protestant ministers, graduate theological students at a Protestant seminary, or ministers seeking further education.

Juliette M. Atherton Scholarship Program

The scholarship was named in memory of Mrs. Atherton to ensure the continued association of her name and her special interest in Christianity with the foundation. The scholarship benefits three categories of individuals: 1) active, ordained Protestant ministers residing in Hawaii wishing to continue their education; 2) dependent sons or daughters of ordained, active Protestant ministers in Hawaii pursuing undergraduate studies; and 3) individuals from Hawaii pursuing graduate theological studies at a Protestant seminary with the goal of ordination. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their financial need and academic promise. For sons and daughters of Protestant ministers and seminary students, applications will be available beginning Nov. Application materials, including the application form, transcript of grades, and personal letter must be postmarked on or before Mar. 1. Ordained Protestant ministers wishing to continue their education should contact scholarship staff for application information. Sons or daughters of ministers and ministers applying for continuing education grants must provide the place and date of ordination, and name of the seminary attended to confirm eligibility.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Humanities
  • Protestantism
  • Theology
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $95,238,174 (market value)

Expenditures: $5,174,181

Total giving: $4,102,097

Qualifying distributions: $4,381,152