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The Francis Bacon Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-09

At A Glance

The Francis Bacon Foundation

100 E. Corson St., Ste. 200

Pasadena, CA United States 91103-3841

Telephone: 6267445100


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $3,590,595

Total giving: $160,641






Incorporated in 1938 in CA - Founded in the name of the late Sir Francis Bacon by the late Walter Conrad Arensberg and Louise Arensberg to promote research in history, philosophy, science, literature, and art, with special emphasis paid to the life and works of the foundation's namesake. Francis Bacon was the first and only Viscount of St. Alban, and in 1591 served as confidential adviser to the 2nd Earl of Essex, England, and in 1618, Lord Chancellor of England. In 1620, his philosophical work "Novum Organum" was published, a work which detailed Bacon's new system of logic and begat what has become known as the "Baconian Method." Some of Bacon's other writings include "The Elements of Common Law of England," "The History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh" and "New Atlantis." Foundation founder Walter Conrad Arensberg was an art collector, critic and poet, whose published works included "The Cryptography of Shakespeare," "Burial of Francis Bacon and His Mother in the Lichfield Chapter House," and "The Shakespearean Mystery" (all published in the 1920's). In the mid-1900's, his poem "Voyage a l'Infini" was also published.

Fields of Interest

  • Archives and special collections
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Secondary education
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Catholics
  • Christians
  • Female adolescents
  • Female children and youth
  • Females
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $3,590,595 (market value)

Expenditures: $224,008

Total giving: $160,641

Qualifying distributions: $183,427