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The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

The Halle Bldg., 1228 Euclid Ave., Ste. 710

Cleveland, OH United States 44115-1846

Telephone: (216) 589-5700


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $69,707,638

Total giving: $3,083,918





Additional Contact Information

Business office: 20620 N. Park Blvd., No. 215, Cleveland, OH 44118, tel.: (216) 932-7337


Incorporated in 1959 in OH - The foundation's sole donor, the late Martha Holden Jennings, was the widow of Andrew R. Jennings, European manager of International Business Machines Corporation. Mrs. Jennings established the foundation to provide a means for greater accomplishment on the part of teachers, which she hoped would result in greater recognition of the teaching profession in public schools

Purpose and Activities

Giving to foster development of the capabilities of young people through improving the quality of teaching in secular elementary and secondary schools; program includes awards in recognition of outstanding teaching; special educational programs for teachers in the fields of the humanities, the arts, and the sciences; curriculum development projects; school evaluation studies; and educational television programs. Preference is given to programs that target underserved student populations and districts with fewer available resources.

Program Area(s)

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

Arthur S. Holden Teacher Award for Excellence in Science Education

Established in 2003, the Arthur S. Holden Teacher Award for Excellence in Science Education recognizes the work of an accomplished science educator. The recipient is awarded $7,500 paid to their school district to enrich science education. The distinction was created to honor Chair. Emeritus, Arthur S. Holden, Jr., who founded the foundation in 1959. .

Educators' Retreat

The retreat is an end-of-summer workshop for Ohio's educational leaders from elementary school through higher education to discuss methods and current reading on education.

George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education

The award is given each year to one exceptional mathematics educator. The teacher is recognized for their achievements in this subject area and receive a monetary award of $7,500 paid to their school district to enhance mathematics education in their school.

Grants-to-Educators Program

Allocates funds for separate grants of up to $3,000 to OH classroom teachers and administrators to test new methods, conduct classroom projects, or involve their students in extracurricular, enrichment, or summer programs. Specifically, these grants are awarded for curriculum enrichment, special education, reading, science, fine arts, community interaction, writing, and outdoor education. Applications must be approved by the superintendent before being submitted to the foundation. In addition, the foundation sponsors a number of specialized workshops, seminars, lectures, and retreats for teachers and administrative personnel.

Master Teacher Award/Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award

Each year, the foundation recognizes and rewards Ohio's most effective educators by naming a Master Teacher and Outstanding Superintendent. These professionals are admired by their colleagues, are active in their communities, and have made long-standing achievements as educators. Candidates for the Master Teacher Award are nominated by their school administrators and are selected by a panel of leading educators. The awardee receives $7,500 paid to their school district to be used for an educational project. Superintendents are recommended by their school boards and are selected by the same panel. The honor brings with it a $10,000 check paid to their school district to be used for an educational program within the district.

Open Grants

Grants are awarded to various public schools and tax-exempt educational organizations for innovative projects that assist elementary and secondary schools in OH. Applicants must follow a simple seven-step process. Please see the foundation web site for further instructions.

Summer Mathematics Institutes

The foundation has accepted the premise that education in mathematics must begin in the early grades. Students with talent for this subject and career must be exposed to opportunities early in their schooling so they can select the proper courses in high school. The foundation offers two institutes to help provide teachers with more information about mathematics, and techniques on how to teach this subject. Separate institutes are offered for mathematics teachers in grades 6 - 8 and 9-12. Both institutes are filled with practical strategies that teachers can put to use immediately in their classrooms.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Secondary education
  • STEM education
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $69,707,638 (market value)

Gifts received: $700

Expenditures: $4,150,959

Total giving: $3,083,918

Qualifying distributions: $4,078,716