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The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, Inc.

7575 Northcliff Ave., Ste. 205

Cleveland, OH United States 44144-3265

Telephone: (216) 831-4134


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $99,312,791

Total giving: $3,252,609





Additional Contact Information

Contact for letter of inquiry: Timothy M. McCue, Sr. Prog. Off., tel.: (216) 831-4136, e-mail:; For questions regarding the application process or submission of application form: Symone McClain, Mgr. Grants and Office Opers., tel.: (216) 831-4135, e-mail:


Established in 1987 in OH - The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation was founded in 1987 by Mrs. O'Neill and her eldest son, William J. O'Neill, Jr. William J. O'Neill was born in 1906. He was the youngest of four children born to his Irish and German immigrant parents. Dorothy Kundtz O'Neill was born in 1910, and was the youngest of nine children born to her Hungarian and German parents. Both were raised in Cleveland, Ohio in the Catholic family tradition. After graduation from Notre Dame University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College respectively, they each returned to Cleveland and were married. Mr. O'Neill, with his brothers Hugh M. and Francis J., started and acquired a number of trucking, leasing and transportation companies in the 1940's and 50's. These companies were brought together as Leaseway Transportation Corp. and taken public in 1961. Mr. O'Neill was Leaseway Transportation's first President and later became Chairman of its Board. Under his stewardship, along with that of his brothers, and the subsequent stewardship of his son and nephews, Leaseway Transportation grew to become a billion dollar a year, pre-eminent physical distribution company with operations throughout the United States and in foreign countries as well. Mr. O'Neill, who was noted for his philanthropy, died in 1983. Mrs. O'Neill died in 1998, and is now survived by six children, nineteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren, many of whom play active roles in the foundation

Purpose and Activities

The foundation’s philosophy is rooted in the shared values, sentiments and beliefs of members of the O’Neill family. The foundation exists to serve our fellow human beings. The foundation believes they can best serve by maximizing all their resources and deploying them under well thought-out strategies, developed in partnership with others, in important areas of large beneficial impact. The foundation's vision is for strong communities where families thrive. The foundation's mission is to partner with nonprofits to improve the quality of life for families and communities, in places where O'Neill family members live.

Fields of Interest

  • Family services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Female adults
  • Female children and youth
  • Female young adults
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Incarcerated people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Male adults
  • Male children and youth
  • Male young adults
  • Males
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with hearing impairments
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Seniors
  • Single parents
  • Students
  • Substance abusers
  • Terminally ill people
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $99,312,791 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,127,978

Expenditures: $4,891,962

Total giving: $3,252,609

Qualifying distributions: $3,843,308