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The Francis Family Foundation


Last profile update: 01/25/2018
Last grant data update: 10/09/2017

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






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.