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F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-10-25

At A Glance

F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.

17 DeHart St., P.O. Box 151

Morristown, NJ United States 07963-0151

Telephone: (973) 538-4800


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $388,799,310

Total giving: $18,623,335






Incorporated in 1931 in DE - Fred Morgan Kirby, a five-and-dime-merchant who became one of the founders of F.W. Woolworth Company, endowed the foundation in 1931 and served as president until 1940. Allan P. Kirby succeeded his father in that role. In 1967, Allan's son, Fred M. Kirby II, assumed leadership and, for over forty years, through careful management of assets, greatly enlarged its endowment and stature in the communities the foundation serves. After an incredibly successful term, spanning more than 43 years as president and 55 years on the Board, Fred M. Kirby II retired as an officer in April 2010. His son, S. Dillard Kirby, succeeded him as President. Fred M. Kirby II passed away on February 8, 2011.

Purpose and Activities

Support for community programs, the arts, historic preservation, social services, conservation, public policy and education organizations, and family planning. Grants are generally limited to organizations associated with the personal interests of present or former family members. Requests to support churches, hospitals, schools and colleges, other than ones attended by or used by members of the family, are not likely to receive favorable consideration.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Biomedicine
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Economics
  • Historic preservation
  • Leadership development
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Sports and recreation
  • Youth organizing
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Incarcerated people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Military personnel
  • People with hearing impairments
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Seniors
  • Students
  • Substance abusers

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $388,799,310 (market value)

Expenditures: $21,683,453

Total giving: $18,623,335

Qualifying distributions: $19,101,247

Giving activities include:

$18,623,335 for 236 grants (high: $750,000; low: $7,500)