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The Clowes Fund, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-07

At A Glance

The Clowes Fund, Inc.

320 N. Meridian St., Ste. 316

Indianapolis, IN United States 46204-1722

Telephone: (317) 833-0144


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $70,693,093

Total giving: $7,432,634





Additional Contact Information

New England tel.: (781) 530-0048, Seattle, WA, tel.: (800) 833-0145; additional tel.: (800) 943-7209; additional fax: (800) 943-7286


Incorporated in 1952 in Indianapolis, IN - Dr. George H.A. Clowes, his wife Edith Whitehill Clowes and their two sons, Allen W. Clowes and Dr. George H.A. Clowes, Jr., incorporated The Clowes Fund in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1952. The foundation was established with a broad mandate to support education and the literary, fine, and performing arts. Social services soon became a focus for support.

Purpose and Activities

The Clowes Fund, a family foundation, seeks to enhance the common good by encouraging organizations and projects that help to build a just and equitable society, create opportunities for initiative, foster creativity and the growth of knowledge, and promote appreciation of the natural environment. It pursues these goals by awarding grants in three areas: arts, education, and social services. It also recognizes the special value of efforts that create links among these areas. The fund has a special interest in supporting projects that strengthen the communities in which Clowes family members and the foundation's directors live and work. .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Employment
  • Human services
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $70,693,093 (market value)

Expenditures: $8,442,970

Total giving: $7,432,634

Qualifying distributions: $7,962,091