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Hill-Snowdon Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

1201 Connecticut Ave. N.W., 3rd Fl.

Washington, DC United States 20036-2605


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $34,894,158

Total giving: $1,324,500






Established in 1959 in NJ - The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily for organization working with low-income families and communities to create a fair and just society by helping them develop the capacity and leadership skills necessary to influence the decisions that shape their lives. HSF seeks to accomplish this mission by providing grants to organizations that work directly to build the power of low-income families; leveraging the foundation's and others’ resources; and promoting opportunities for learning and growth.

Program Area(s)

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

Economic Justice Organizing

Established in 2002 to complement its Youth Organizing Program in recognition of the fact that the structural and economic inequities faced by low-income workers and families underlie many of the challenges faced by low-income youth of color. At present, approximately 70 percent of the funds for this program are aimed at the South.

Fund for DC

The current focus of this program is to help deepen the capacity of community organizing groups, to build the power of low and moderate income residents in DC, and to secure systemic changes necessary for them to thrive in the District. See foundation web site for further information.

Youth Organizing

The foundation defines Youth Organizing as community-based efforts that promote the leadership of youth (particularly low-income youth of color) in identifying systemic problems impacting youth and their communities, and implementing strategic actions that change policies or institutions. In addition to leadership development, political education and organizing training, youth organizing often strives to meet some of the other developmental needs of its youth members and leaders. See foundation web site for current eligibility requirements.

Fields of Interest

  • Antidiscrimination
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Community improvement
  • Community organizing
  • Economic development
  • Employment
  • Family services
  • Human services
  • Leadership development
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $34,894,158 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,025,393

Expenditures: $2,234,265

Total giving: $1,324,500

Qualifying distributions: $1,914,883