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The Francis Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-04

At A Glance

The Francis Family Foundation

(formerly The Francis Families Foundation)

800 W. 47th St., Ste. 717

Kansas City, MO United States 64112-1249

Telephone: (816) 531-0077


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $113,199,288

Total giving: $5,914,571





Additional Contact Information

Application address for fellowship program only: Thomas R. Martin, M.D., Dir., Parker B. Francis Fellowship Prog., 8427 SE 35th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040; tel.: (206) 764-2219; E-mail:; URL:


Established in 1989 in MO from the merger of the Parker B. Francis Foundation (established in 1951 in MO) and the Parker B. Francis III Foundation (established in 1962 in MO) - The Francis Family Foundation is actually a combination of two former foundations. Parker B. Francis, founder of the Puritan-Bennett Company, established a foundation bearing his name in 1951. Parker B. Francis III also established a foundation to fund his interests in education, arts, and culture. In 1989, the Parker B. Francis Foundation merged with the Parker B. Francis III Foundation to become the Francis Family Foundation. After retiring from Puritan Bennett as Chairman in 1986, John B. Francis — son of Parker B. Francis and brother of Parker B. Francis III — served as president of the Foundation until 1998

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to fund post-doctoral fellowships in pulmonary research in North America, and in the metropolitan Kansas City area, to support lifelong learning, especially in early care and education; and to support arts and culture with a focus on excellence and access.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships for research in pulmonary disease or anesthesiology.

Pulmonary Fellowships

The fellowship provides research support to clinical and basic scientists embarking on careers in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution. Fellowships are restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. and Canada and individuals with U.S. or Canadian permanent residency applications on file with the U.S. or Canadian Immigration Services. Each department may submit only two applications annually and is limited to a maximum of three active fellowships at any one time.

Small Arts Grant Fund

The fund recognizes that the arts are more accessible when located within venues where people live and work.To be eligible, an organization should fulfill one of two criteria: 1) located within the greater Kansas City area (60-mile radius), be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity with a federal Employer Identification Number (EIN), or partner with another organization that can serve as a fiscal sponsor, and be an arts organization with annual revenues of less than $300,000 last fiscal year; or 2) be a non-arts organization – regardless of budget size or mission – with a community-based arts program that provides access to arts and culture opportunities in traditional and non-traditional sites throughout the greater Kansas City area.Grants are not made to individuals, fraternal organizations or political parties for any purpose. For more information call: Lyn Knox, Prog. Off., tel.: (816) 531-0077.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
International Interests
  • Canada
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $113,199,288 (market value)

Expenditures: $7,327,698

Total giving: $5,914,571

Qualifying distributions: $6,688,867

Giving activities include:

$5,914,571 for 273 grants (high: $750,000; low: $250)