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Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-03-08

At A Glance

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

44 Montgomery St., Ste. 1970

San Francisco, CA United States 94104-4718

Telephone: (415) 989-9839


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $69,778,879

Total giving: $2,110,543





Additional Contact Information

Contact for Environment and Health Program: Bruce A. Hirsch, Exec. Dir.; Contact for Education and Music Program: Stan Hutton, Sr. Prog. Off.


Established in 1982 in CA

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to protect and improve the quality of life through support of programs in the environment, human health, education and the arts. Giving to support research, public education, and policy development to reduce health risks from environmental degradation and environmental hazards, innovative educational programs for elementary and secondary students, sustainable natural resource management, and programs that promote the accessibility of symphonic and chamber music.

Program Area(s)

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


The foundation supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for elementary and secondary level students by supporting the development, application and dissemination of innovative programs that provide a challenging academic environment. Programs emphasizing student-centered, thematic instruction; developmentally appropriate practices; intercultural understanding; and social responsibility will be considered. Programs designed to improve the professional skills of teachers in the classroom will also be supported.

Environment and Health

The foundation supports programs that prevent serious risk to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards by supporting programs in research, education and policy development. Programs designed to address initiatives for sustainability in agrictulre and food systems will also be supported.

Management of Resources: Sustainable Agriculture

The foundation will consider projects that aim to: 1) provide incentives, information and training to farmers who adopt and use alternative methods, including organic practices, to improve soil quality and maintain a healthy food system; 2) identify and address major obstacles to the development of sustainable farming; 3) re-focus extension programs to support management of sustainable agricultural systems, including organic farming; 4) redirect university-based research and instruction toward on-farm sustainable practices; and 5) broaden public understanding of the environmental, health and economic issues at stake in agriculture, and encourage consumer awareness of and demand for food produced by alternative methods.

Management of Resources: Viability of Communities and Regions

In this area, the foundation will consider projects that seek to: 1) demonstrate the economic and social benefits of sound environmental policies and practices; 2) encourage planning and development at the community, regional and ecosystem levels aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; 3) develop measures of economic well-being that take into account the costs of environmental degradation and ecosystem restoration, and the value of natural resources; and 4) improve regional self-sufficiency in agriculture.


The foundation supports programs that encourage the playing, the enjoyment and the accessibility of symphonic and chamber music by providing scholarship and program assistance at selected community music centers, schools and institutes; and by helping community-based ensembles of demonstrated quality implement artistic initiatives, audience development programs, and improvements in fund-raising capacity.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Higher education
  • Music
  • Natural resources
  • Orchestral music
  • Organic farming
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $69,778,879 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,214,429

Total giving: $2,110,543

Qualifying distributions: $2,709,167

Giving activities include:

$2,110,543 for 84 grants (high: $150,000; low: $500)