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William E. Simon Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

William E. Simon Foundation, Inc.

(formerly William E. & Carol G. Simon Foundation, Inc.)

140 E. 45th St., Ste. 14D

New York City, NY United States 10017-7136

Telephone: (212) 661-8366


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $81,523,986

Total giving: $11,718,727






Established in 1967 in NJ

Purpose and Activities

The main purpose of the foundation is to assist those in need by providing the means through which they may help themselves. The foundation seeks to fund programs that are effective in promoting independence and responsibility.

Program Area(s)

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


A good education is indispensable in today's world to open the doors to opportunity and advancement. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education, basic skills areas in particular. The foundation will support K-12 institutions that are alternatives to the traditional public system, as well as other organizations that encourage educational options and competition, with the goal of promoting broader education reform. This includes, but is not limited to, religious schools, other independent schools and charter schools, voucher programs, and policy research in the areas of education choice and reform.


In recognition of the connection between religious values and a free society, and the fact that personal faith generally has a positive effect on the decision-making and life prospects of youth, the foundation seeks to increase the ability of faith-based institutions to provide for the needs of youth and foster faith among them. This includes, but is not limited to, mentoring programs, tutoring and after-school programs, abstinence programs, and further research on the influence of faith in the lives of youth.


In recognition of the fact that children need protection, nurturing, discipline, and positive examples from adults, the foundation seeks to support organizations that help strengthen families, or that bring other caring and consistent adults into the lives of disadvantaged children. This includes, but is not limited to, programs to foster positive parenting skills, mentoring programs, and research on the best ideas for strengthening families.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Religion
  • Unknown or not classified
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $81,523,986 (market value)

Gifts received: $9,910,316

Expenditures: $10,801,457

Total giving: $11,718,727

Qualifying distributions: $13,614,066