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Philip L. Graham Fund


Last profile update: 04/14/2018
Last grant data update: 05/31/2018

At A Glance

Philip L. Graham Fund

1300 N. 17th St., Ste. 1700

Arlington, VA United States 22209-3811

Telephone: (703) 345-6515


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business






Trust established in 1963 in DC - Founded in the name of the late Philip L. Graham, who was publisher of "The Washington Post" and Chairman and President of the Washington Post Co. Under his leadership, the Post Company purchased a Washington, D.C. television station, its competitor newspaper the "Times-Herald," and bought controlling stock interest in "Newsweek." Gifts from his widow, the late Katharine Meyer Graham, his friends, and the Washington Post Co. formed the initial corpus of the fund. Katharine Meyer Graham was the daughter of the owner of "The Washington Post" and after her husband's death in 1963 she became de facto publisher of the newspaper, formally assuming the title in 1979, and Chairman of the Board from 1973 to 1991. Under her leadership, "The Washington Post" played an integral role in exposing the Watergate conspiracy that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Purpose and Activities

Support for one-time infrastructure investments in health and human services, for children, youth, and families, pre-collegiate education, arts and humanities, and community needs. Grants for journalism, media and communications are extremely limited, and generally awarded only to those who have received media grants in the past.