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The Walt and Lilly Disney Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Walt and Lilly Disney Foundation

(formerly The Lillian B. Disney Foundation)

P.O. Box 2566

San Anselmo, CA United States 94979-2566

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $176,142,218

Total giving: $8,816,571






Established in 1974 in CA - Founded in the name of Walt Disney by his wife Lilly. Walt Disney was the co-founder of Walt Disney Productions (now known as The Walt Disney Company) with his brother Roy O. Disney. Walt was a film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer and international icon. He is famous for being an innovator in animation and as the designer of the theme park Disneyland. He helped create a number of the world's most famous fictional characters, including Mickey Mouse. He won twenty-six Academy Awards, including a Honory Award for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1939 and one for Best Short Subject for "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day" in 1969.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for the arts, education and human services.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Arts education
  • Arts services
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Music
  • Orchestral music
  • Performing arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $176,142,218 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,284,685

Total giving: $8,816,571

Qualifying distributions: $8,826,358

Giving activities include:

$8,816,571 for 7 grants (high: $6,991,571; low: $10,000)