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Donald W. Reynolds Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-10

At A Glance

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

1701 Village Center Cir.

Las Vegas, NV United States 89134-6303

Telephone: (702) 804-6000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $107,478,286

Total giving: $63,792,107






Established in 1954 in NV - Founded by the late Donald Worthington Reynolds, a media entrepreneur who founded the Donrey Media Group (now Stephens Media LLC), a Nevada-based media company that owns multiple newspapers and broadcast outlets in smaller markets across the United States. The foundation is terminating and it will cease to make grants in or before 2022.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation seeks to honor the memory of its benefactor, for whom it is named, by filling unmet needs and attempting to gain an immediate, transformational impact in four principal areas of interest: 1) Meeting the greatest needs of communities in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma, primarily through improved facilities for their outstanding local nonprofit organizations; 2) Accelerating the fight against atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic heart disease through cutting-edge, translational research; 3) Improving the quality of life of America's growing elderly population through better training of physicians in geriatrics; and 4) Enhancing the quality and integrity of journalism, focusing particularly on better training of journalists who serve smaller communities and on business journalism. The foundation remains open to consideration of special opportunities in other areas that are consistent with its broad goals. In pursuing its goals, the foundation is committed to the support of nonprofit organizations and institutions that demonstrate sound financial management, efficient operation, program integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Program Area(s)

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

Aging and Quality of Life Program

The program aims to improve the quality of life for older Americans by preparing physicians to provide better care for frail older people. Periodic requests for proposals may be announced. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

Charitable Food Distribution

The special initiative supports charitable food distribution systems in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma by working closely with the food banks in those states to increase efficient delivery and expand and improve food bank facilities.Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

Children's Discovery

The program aims to improve and expand the discovery experiences at hands-on museums in Arkansas, Nevada, and Oklahoma by establishing statewide museum networks, funding capital projects, and supporting rural outreach programs.Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

Journalism Program

The program focuses on investment in high-quality journalism education and practice, with particular interest in business journalism and in training journalists who serve smaller communities.This initiative is typically limited to current grantees. Unsolicited proposals are rarely approved and always relate to the area of program interest stated clearly above. Brief proposals may be sent to the foundation, addressed to the attention of the Journalism Program.

Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the monetary gifts of its employees and trustees to charitable organizations.

Special Projects

These awards fall outside of the established programs of the foundation, and typical projects are of remarkable national importance or are tied to a unique opportunity to honor a lifetime interest held by the foundation's founder Mr. Reynolds. Proposal invitations are usually generated directly by trustees. Unsolicited proposals are rarely approved. Brief proposals may be sent to the foundation, addressed to the attention of Special Projects.

Fields of Interest

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Geriatrics
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Medical education
  • Medical specialties
  • Public affairs
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $107,478,286 (market value)

Expenditures: $67,558,038

Total giving: $63,792,107

Qualifying distributions: $67,022,405

Giving activities include:

$63,676,853 for 73 grants (high: $10,100,000; low: $4,893)

$115,254 for 27 employee matching gifts