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The Durfee Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

The Durfee Foundation

1453 3rd St. Promenade, Ste. 312

Santa Monica, CA United States 90401-3430


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $29,959,320

Total giving: $1,139,986






Established in 1969 in CA

Purpose and Activities

The purpose of the foundation is to support creative individuals and community-based leadership.

Program Area(s)

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

Artists' Resource for Completion (ARC)

The ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) grants provide rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists in Los Angeles County, CA, who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Artists in any discipline are eligible to apply. The applicant must already have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the proposed work. The work must be scheduled for presentation within six months of the application deadline. The goal of the program is to enhance the careers of Los Angeles artists by enabling them to take the best advantage of imminent opportunities to present their work, thereby fostering a climate of optimism in the Los Angeles arts community. Effective Jan. 2011, Durfee will partner with the Center for Cultural Innovation to administer the ARC grant program.

Earthwatch Ignite

In partnership with Earthwatch, the foundation offers Los Angeles-based high school students gifted in the arts and humanities an opportunity to spend two intensive weeks during the summer at a scientific research station. The aim is to excite the students’ imagination, expand their potential, and stimulate their curiosity about science and technology. Recent research sites include the Los Alamos National Observatory in New Mexico, the Skagit River Basin in Washington, and the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada, among others. Earthwatch Ignite’s application process is open only to high school students in Los Angeles County.

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants to artists and musicians residing in Los Angeles, CA. Paid sabbaticals to leaders in the Los Angeles, CA, nonprofit sector.

Sabbatical Program

In an effort to replenish the stores of energy and inspiration for the community’s most gifted leaders, the Durfee Sabbatical Program offers up to six individuals stipends and expenses of up to $45,000 to travel, reflect or otherwise renew themselves in whatever manner they propose. Additional support of up to $5,000 is made available to successful candidates’ employing organizations that are willing to establish a permanent, revolving fund for professional staff development. The purpose of the fund is to make it possible for other staff to have access to training programs or short-term leaves that might enhance their professional capacities. In recognition of Durfee’s commitment to the professional development of all nonprofit staff, the foundation’s contribution starts up the fund. As cash is drawn down, it is expected that the recipient organization will replenish the fund on an annual basis, and maintain it as a permanent line item in its budget. This program is offered biennially. .

The Springboard Fund

This fund supports dynamic leaders of new social-benefit ventures in Los Angeles, CA, who apply innovative strategies to complex community challenges. The best candidates for the fund will be those who build communities in unexpected ways, by bringing together groups from different sectors with overlapping interests. The fund offers two-year grants of up to $70,000, typically $35,000 each year. Grants are unrestricted, and can be used for general operating support, salaries, technical assistance, equipment purchase or whatever else the organization deems necessary for its development. .

The Stanton Fellowship

This fellowship provides up to 6 fellows with $100,000 each over a 2-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions that will improve life for the people of Los Angeles, CA .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $29,959,320 (market value)

Gifts received: $51,442

Expenditures: $1,874,583

Total giving: $1,139,986

Qualifying distributions: $1,602,928

Giving activities include:

$1,138,286 for grants

$1,700 for 4 employee matching gifts

$93,171 for foundation-administered programs