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Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 12/18/2017
Last grant data update: 06/14/2018

At A Glance

Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.

1200 U St. N.W.

Washington, DC United States 20009-4443

Telephone: (202) 965-1800


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1947 in TX; reincorporated in 1951 in DE - Mr. Marsh was an Ohio native who owned a newspaper group, General Newspapers, Inc., and was active in other fields such as banking, oil, gas, and real estate. He donated three newspapers to the foundation, from which it received income for its charitable purposes. The papers, The Spartanburg (SC) Herald & Journal, The Tuscaloosa (AL) News, and the Gadsden (AL) Times, were sold in 1985. The concept of the foundation developed by Mr. Marsh, who died in 1964, and perpetuated by its board of trustees, is broad and remains committed to supporting organizations that help people overcome barriers to full participation in society. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. It looks for carefully defined points where our funds can make a difference in bringing about systemic changes that can improve lives. The Public Welfare Foundation focuses on three program areas: 1) Criminal Justice, 2) Juvenile Justice and 3) Workers' Rights. A small number of grants will also be made under the Special Opportunities and President's Discretionary categories.