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Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

1 Monarch Pl., Ste. 1300

Springfield, MA United States 01144-4011

Telephone: (413) 734-8336


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $109,985,396

Total giving: $3,764,316





Additional Contact Information

Additional e-mail (for Mary E. Walachy):


Established in 1970 in MA

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to support the development of Hampden County, MA, children, youth and families by insuring that they have the opportunities needed to achieve their full potential. The foundation accomplishes this by: 1) investing in a continuum of services with a particular focus on young children, ages birth through 8, while at the same time, sustaining these early investments through a variety of learning supports and experiences for youth ages 9 through 18; and 2) a holistic approach that encompasses the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children and youth, and supports them within the context of their families.

Program Area(s)

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

Early Childhood

The foundation, through its Cherish Every Child initiative, targets its early childhood grant making to Hampden County projects that are focused on improving the lives of young children from birth through age eight. Cherish Every Child is a city-wide initiative which works to bring the community together--parents, the business community, early childhood providers, higher education, social service and other organizations, and state and local government, to help our youngest citizens enter the public school system ready to learn. In addition to grant making, Cherish Every Child does its work through convening, educating, and focusing on public policy and advocacy on relevant children's issues. A new initiative, Reading Success by Fourth Grade, has been launched to help achieve a goal for Springfield's children, of reading proficiency by fourth grade, based on research that calls this goal a critical milestone to future academic achievement. Contact for questions regarding Cherish Every Child Initiative: Sally Fuller, Project Dir., tel.: (413) 734-8336, ext. 16, e-mail:

Education K-12

The foundation is committed to the improvement and enhancement of the educational opportunities and achievements of children and youth in Hampden County, particularly those that are under-served or at-risk. The foundation believes strongly that all children can learn if provided with the correct resources and supports.

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to dependents of full- or part-time MA employees of American Saw & Mfg. Company with at least three years of service.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Health
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $109,985,396 (market value)

Gifts received: $398,783

Expenditures: $4,721,040

Total giving: $3,764,316

Qualifying distributions: $4,261,762