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The Lowell Berry Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

The Lowell Berry Foundation

3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. 351

Lafayette, CA United States 94549-6803

Telephone: (925) 284-4427


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $28,173,758

Total giving: $1,400,000






Incorporated in 1950 in CA - Mr. Berry founded The Best Fertilizer Company in 1932 in Oakland. Under his direction, the company grew to become the largest independent manufacturer and distributor of fertilizers and chemicals on the Pacific coast. The plant was expanded to Texas, Arizona, Hawaii, and other California cities. In 1963, Mr. Berry sold the company to Occidental Petroleum. Mr. Berry was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, an organizer of the Oakland Boys Club, and a member of the Oakland Symphony Board. Lowell W. Berry died in 1980 in Oakland, California. His daughters, Barbara Corneille and Patricia Conklin, serve as secretary and vice president of the foundation, respectively. On November 16, 1982, the Lowell Berry Foundation merged with the Local Church Ministry Institute. The Lowell Berry Foundation acquired all assets and assumed the liabilities of the institute, as well as its purposes.

Purpose and Activities

The purpose of the foundation is to support organizations which are dedicated to strengthening the leadership of the local Christian church ministry. The foundation also serves the local community by providing a safety net for those in need while focusing on organizations that shape lives and build leaders.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Camps
  • Child welfare
  • Christianity
  • Community recreation
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Sports and recreation
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $28,173,758 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,533,464

Total giving: $1,400,000

Qualifying distributions: $1,525,949