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The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-05

At A Glance

The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

114 W. 47th St.

New York City, NY United States 10036-1592

Telephone: (646) 855-1011

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $75,255,067

Total giving: $3,300,000



Bridge Number



Trust established in 1939 in NY - Before his death in 1941, Mr. Sprague, the foundation's sole donor, served as president of F.H. Foster and Company, Inc., a Boston-based cotton-converting firm founded by his uncle, Francis A. Foster. After graduating from Norwich Academy, Mr. Sprague joined F.H. Foster and Company, Inc. and remained with it throughout his life

Purpose and Activities

Program priorities in New York, NY, consist of: 1) Arts- priorities include audience engagement for ages 20s to 30s and underserved communities; 2) Education- priorities include professional development and school-day enrichment programs operating in public schools; and 3) Housing and basic needs - priorities include services to support homeless individuals or those at-risk of losing their homes, food distribution and nutrition programs, and comprehensive services for at-risk populations. Program priorities in Boston and Cape Cod, MA, San Diego, CA, and ME include: health care, education, human and social services, environment and the arts .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Food banks
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Natural resources
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $75,255,067 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,849,285

Total giving: $3,300,000

Qualifying distributions: $3,512,835