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The Flinn Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

The Flinn Foundation

1802 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ United States 85004-1506

Telephone: (602) 744-6800


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $220,630,730

Total giving: $5,471,065





Additional Contact Information

Scholarship tel.: (602) 744-6802, e-mail:


Established in 1965 in AZ - Dr. Flinn served as chairman of the board of the foundation until his death in July, 1984. In 1982, the foundation received a bequest of nearly $25 million from Mrs. Flinn's estate and, in 1984, contributions from the Robert S. Flinn Unitrust totaled $33.3 million.

Purpose and Activities

Giving to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations, by improving the competitiveness of Arizona's biomedical/research enterprise; by strengthening universities through an undergraduate scholarship program for outstanding high school students; and by furthering the artistic mission and strengthening the institutional capacity of principal visual and performing arts organizations.

Program Area(s)

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

Arts and Culture

This program's current initiative in arts and culture is anchored by a grants program to assist Arizona’s large arts and culture organizations in generating additional earned revenue to endure economically challenging times. The program encourages strategies to expand and deepen audience and donor participation among 20 organizations with annual operating budgets of $2.5 million or more. The foundation also supports the Arizona Cultural Data Project, which offers a web-based data collection tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations.The foundation's grant funding at present is limited to Arizona arts and culture organizations with annual operating budgets of $2.5 million or more.


Grant projects aim to strengthen Arizona's biosciences infrastructure and thereby improve the state's capacity to compete nationally and internationally in the biosciences economy. The foundation supports multidisciplinary, collaborative efforts involving research teams at the state's public universities and nonprofit research institutions. .

Civic Leadership

The foundation supports and administers a major program to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona—the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, including its centerpiece program, the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. The Academy is co-sponsored by the Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson.

Flinn Scholars Program

The program, in partnership with Arizona’s public universities, annually awards 20 top Arizona high school graduates an educational package that covers the full cost of undergraduate study, plus other benefits including study-related travel abroad. The program aims to strengthen the ability of the universities to compete for Arizona's top students and to provide the students an outstanding academic experience. About 500 students apply every fall for the 20 awards. You may send questions about the application process to

Grants to Individuals Program

Undergraduate scholarships to Arizona's top high school seniors for study at one of three state universities.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Biology
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $220,630,730 (market value)

Gifts received: $171,241

Expenditures: $11,293,804

Total giving: $5,471,065

Qualifying distributions: $9,891,723