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The Steele-Reese Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-11

At A Glance

The Steele-Reese Foundation

32 Washington Sq. W.

New York City, NY United States 10011-9156

Telephone: (212) 505-2696


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-08-31)

Assets: $35,974,063

Total giving: $1,734,525



Additional Contact Information

Additional address: c/o Charles U. Buice, 123 Ft. Greene Pl., No. 4, Brooklyn, NY 11217, e-mail:; proposal information address for Kentucky Programs: Judy K. Owens, 2613 Clubside Ct., Lexington. KY 40513, tel./fax: (859) 313-5225; e-mail:; for projects in Idaho and Montana: c/o Linda Tracy, P.O. Box 8311, Missoula, MT 59807-8311; tel.: (406) 207-7984; fax: (207) 470-3872; e-mail:


Trust established in 1955 in NY

Purpose and Activities

The foundation focuses on: 1) Rural Education, particularly early childhood to Grade 12 education programming. Examples include funding for supplemental programs in early childhood education settings; elementary, middle, and high school programs that improve outcomes for students; support of literacy programs and out-of-school-time services; and charter schools and other model school programs that provide quality educational options for students and families. The foundation also provides assistance to small public libraries, and supports a small college scholarship program for graduates of high schools in Lemhi and Custer Counties, ID. The Foundation is primarily interested in education projects that demonstrate a comprehensive level of engagement with participants that result in clear and measurable outcomes. 2) Rural Human/Social Services including programs for low-income and under-represented populations, including elders, homeless individuals, people living with disabilities, young children, disadvantaged or disconnected older youth, young people or adults involved in the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse or domestic violence, local fire-protection services, parks and other civic improvements, and local food banks. 3) Rural Conservation and Preservation including land, wildlife, and historic preservation and restoration projects; ecosystem protection programs; and water projects. All conservation or environmental programs must be locally focused. National organizations are eligible for support only if all Steele-Reese funds will be employed directly in projects located in the geographical areas served by the Foundation and if the coordinating entity can demonstrate substantial connections to the people and organizations in these areas. 4) Rural Health including services in preventive health programs; medical clinics; small hospitals; EMS and ambulance units; family-planning programs, and hospices. 5) Rural Arts and Humanities including local visual arts programs, music and performance arts, and the broader support of creative arts activities and efforts to maintain the rich histories of the foundation’s funding geographies.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

For students who have graduated from one of the four high schools in Lemhi or Custer Counties, ID, the foundation has set up scholarship endowments at the following twelve western colleges and universities: Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University—Idaho, The College of Idaho, The College of Southern Idaho, Gonzaga University, Idaho State University, Lewis & Clark College, Montana State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Reed College, The University of Idaho, The University of Montana, The University of Montana - Western.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Environment
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Humanities
  • Natural resources
  • Rural development
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-08-31

Assets: $35,974,063 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,276,536

Total giving: $1,734,525

Qualifying distributions: $1,976,109