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Howard G. Buffett Foundation


Last profile update: 12/19/2017
Last grant data update: 05/24/2018

At A Glance

Howard G. Buffett Foundation

145 N. Merchant St.

Decatur, IL United States 62523-1442

Telephone: (217) 423-9286


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1999 in IL and NE - Founded by Howard G. Buffett, son of Warren Buffett. Howard G. Buffett has been active in business, politics, agriculture, conservation, photography and philanthropy. Additionally, he has written more than half a dozen books on conservation, wildlife, and the human condition, including articles and opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He operates an 840 acre farm in central Illinois. In 2006, his father, Warren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., pledged a portion of his Berkshire-Hathaway, Inc. stock to the foundation to be paid out over time. In 2012, Warren Buffett decided to significantly increase the amount of stock he gives to the foundation, ultimately amounting to about $2.1 billion. Warren Buffett has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. It works to achieve its mission by focusing its funding in three core areas: 1) food security; 2) water security; and 3) conflict resolution, management and post-conflict development. .