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The W. L. S. Spencer Foundation


Last profile update: 08/28/2017
Last grant data update: 11/08/2017

At A Glance

The W. L. S. Spencer Foundation

1660 Bush St., Ste. 300

San Francisco, CA United States 94109-5308

Telephone: (415) 561-6540

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Established in 1994 in DE

Purpose and Activities

The foundation funds educational activities, publications, and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art. The foundation has a particular interest in projects that encourage knowledge about art and culture, foster international understanding, and are supported by academic scholarship. Funding also for programs that are innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically, and continue their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities). In this area, the foundation may continue to fund programs that it believes in, and may fund replication of a successful program in a new site. The foundation tends to fund programs that are national or regional in nature, but which have a chapter in San Francisco, CA. The foundation prefers specific initiatives that conform with this mission, and enjoys the leverage that arises from seed grants, challenge grants, and matching grants.