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S. H. Cowell Foundation


Last profile update: 04/16/2018
Last grant data update: 05/30/2018

At A Glance

S. H. Cowell Foundation

595 Market St., Ste. 950

San Francisco, CA United States 94105-2816

Telephone: (415) 397-0285


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in 1956 in CA - A businessman and philanthropist, S.H. Cowell was president of the Henry Cowell Lime and Cement Company, which was founded by his father, Henry Cowell. The foundation was established through a bequest from S.H. Cowell

Purpose and Activities

The goal of the foundation is to improve the quality of life of children and families living in Northern and Central California by making grants that directly support and strengthen children, families, and the neighborhoods where they live. Priority is given to communities where Cowell has made, or could make, place-based complementary grants in Northern and Central California towns and neighborhoods where there is widespread and acute poverty and there are strong working relationships among residents and institutional leaders. The foundation funds efforts to increase a town or neighborhood’s capacity to engage and serve its low-income families. These guidelines apply across all program areas: Family Resources Centers, K-12 Public Education, Responsive, Youth Development and affordable Housing.