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Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-11

At A Glance

Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation

77 Summer St., Ste. 800

Boston, MA United States 02110-1006


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-11-30)

Assets: $52,180,307

Total giving: $2,774,339





Additional Contact Information

Additional contact: Ruth Victorin, Fdn. Asst., tel.: (617) 391-3101, e-mail:


Established in 1997 in MA

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports civic engagement, advocacy, and community organizing in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. The foundation is also dedicated to improving the infrastructure that supports vibrant urban community life. Key elements toward achieving this goal include: strong civic culture and community empowerment, neighborhood and citywide; development and maintenance of healthy physical settings that facilitate vigorous communities; and access by individuals of all income-levels and backgrounds to employment, housing, education, health care, transportation, and cultural activities.

Program Area(s)

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

Miller Innovation Fund

The fund seeks to support discrete projects of relatively short duration that support innovations, tools, and practices that help social justice organizations and their allies improve conditions and institutions in pursuit of an empowered public. The fund is broadly conceived as a resource that helps strengthen organizations and networks or develop models of collaboration that further the foundation’s goals. By their very nature, the projects chosen will be experimental in their outlook, seeking to learn from both their successes and mistakes. The fund has interests that fall into the following categories: 1) Developing new approaches to supporting community constituents, grassroots leaders and organizations that build capacity to participate in larger social change efforts; 2) Testing ideas that support field and movement-building efforts; 3) Building new alliances between empowerment or advocacy groups; 4) Targeted citywide or regional coalition and network building; 5) Systematic inquiry, research, and learning by organizations connected to a clear action plan; and 6) Incorporating community organizing or empowerment into strong existing direct services. Funding is limited to organizations in Eastern Massachusetts, or that work with statewide impact or implications. Grants will range from $20,000 to $50,000 per year for project support, which might extend over multiple funding periods. All applicants should have a role in promoting civic engagement and social justice. Large institutions, academic institutions, intermediary organizations, national organizations, or consultants must apply with a community partner as the lead organization. In most cases, the fund expects to select grantees that are not currently funded by the Miller Foundation. Initial approach by phone or e-mail is welcome. Contacts: Prentice Zinn, tel.: (617) 391-3901, e-mail:, Amy Shorey, tel.: (617) 391-3071, e-mail: See foundation web site for additional information and application information.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Community improvement
  • Community organizing
  • Environment
  • Human services
  • Natural resources
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-11-30

Assets: $52,180,307 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,116,790

Total giving: $2,774,339

Qualifying distributions: $2,870,674