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The Tinker Foundation Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Tinker Foundation Inc.

55 E. 59th St., 21st Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-1112

Telephone: (212) 421-6858


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $86,563,662

Total giving: $3,489,000






Trust established in 1959 in NY; incorporated in 1975 in NY - An author, scholar, and lecturer, Dr. Edward Larocque Tinker traveled widely and developed a lifelong interest in the Hispanic tradition shared by the nations of the Western Hemisphere. He created the foundation in memory of his wife, Frances McKee Tinker; his father, Henry Champlin Tinker; and his grandfather, Edward Greenfield Tinker, with the purpose of promoting better understanding between the peoples of the United States and Ibero-America.

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable, and productive society in Latin America and to enhance the understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and of how U.S. policies may impact the region. Grants are awarded primarily in the areas of democratic governance, education, and sustainable resource management. More limited support is given for projects addressing U.S. policy toward Latin America and Antarctica.

Program Area(s)

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

Tinker Field Research Grants

Open to all recognized centers or institutes of Latin American studies at accredited U.S. universities with graduate doctoral programs for graduate students conducting pre-dissertation research. The awards are to be used for travel to and within Latin America to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of language and culture, to familiarize themselves with information sources relevant to their studies; to conduct pilot studies and preliminary investigations, and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields. Two levels of support are available: $10,000 and $15,000 per annum. Institutional recipients must provide 1:1 matching funds.

Fields of Interest

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Foreign policy
  • Goodwill promotion
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • International relations
  • International studies
  • Marine science
  • Natural resources
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Social sciences
International Interests
  • Antarctica
  • Latin America
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $86,563,662 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,086,000

Expenditures: $5,664,028

Total giving: $3,489,000

Qualifying distributions: $4,847,696