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W. M. Keck Foundation


Last profile update: 06/05/2018
Last grant data update: 05/14/2018

At A Glance

W. M. Keck Foundation

550 S. Hope St., Ste. 2500

Los Angeles, CA United States 90071-2617

Telephone: (213) 680-3833


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1954 and incorporated in 1959 in DE - Founded in the name of the late William M. Keck, who was founder and former board chairman of The Superior Oil Co., considered traditionally to have been one of the nation's most successful independent producers of oil and natural gas. At the time of his death, the value of Mr. Keck's estate, in cash combined with nearly 107,000 shares of Superior stock, was estimated to exceed $180 million. Fifty thousand shares were bequeathed to the foundation.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation continues to adhere to the directions and guidelines established by its founder, using an interdisciplinary/cross-program or thematic funding approach. The foundation has designated the following specific areas of funding: Early Learning Program, Science and Engineering Program, Liberal Arts Program, Medical Research Program, and the Southern CA Program. Concentration is placed on strengthening studies and programs in accredited colleges and universities, medical schools, and major independent medical research institutions in the areas of earth science, engineering, medical research, and to some extent, other sciences, and the liberal arts. Some consideration, limited to southern CA, is given to organizations in the categories of arts and culture, civic and community affairs, health care, precollegiate education, and early learning.