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The Louis Calder Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-10-18

At A Glance

The Louis Calder Foundation

1550 Wewatta St., 2nd Fl.

Denver, CO United States 80202-6299

Telephone: (203) 822-2338


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-10-31)

Assets: $161,919,465

Total giving: $7,633,380






Trust established in 1951 in NY - Mr. Calder was born in Manhattan in 1879. At the age of 17, he began a 66-year career at Perkins-Goodwin Co., which specialized in marketing and management in the pulp and paper business. He became president and chairman of the company in 1922 and remained in that capacity until his death in 1963. The foundation was funded by gifts from Mr. Calder during his lifetime and was left a residuary bequest in his will

Purpose and Activities

To promote the scholastic development of children and youth by improving elementary and secondary education through its support of charter and parochial schools.

Program Area(s)

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

Education Projects

The foundation's trustees believe in the values afforded by a traditional academic curriculum. Their concerns regarding the state of current American education center on the questions of what is taught, when it is taught and how it is taught. They believe that optimum academic and intellectual development will be achieved through a common curriculum of content-rich material that will ensure all students acquire a uniform base of knowledge. The foundation currently gives funding consideration to educational programs in four main areas: development of new charter and independent faith-based K-12 schools; expansion of existing, high-performing charter management organizations and diocesan schools; professional development; and school capital projects. Charter management organizations, new and existing charter schools, parochial schools and not-for-profit organizations providing content rich curricula are encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry with a summary of their plans, programs and projects that meet foundation objectives. .

Fields of Interest

  • Charter school education
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-10-31

Assets: $161,919,465 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,093,830

Total giving: $7,633,380

Qualifying distributions: $8,699,553

Giving activities include:

$7,633,380 for 67 grants (high: $500,000; low: $2,250)