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Del E. Webb Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Del E. Webb Foundation

P.O. Box 2427

Prescott, AZ United States 86302

Telephone: (928) 445-9699


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $56,874,890

Total giving: $2,612,089






Established in 1960 in AZ, US; The Del E. Webb Foundation is an Arizona-based private philanthropic foundation, founded in 1960 to further the legacy of Mr. Webb. Delbert Eugene "Del" Webb was born in Fresno, California in 1899. Following a year-long bout with typhoid fever, Mr. Webb moved in Arizona in 1928 with $100 in borrowed money, building a successful construction business during the Great Depression. During his 75 years, Mr. Webb was best known for his diversified construction businesses, which built everything from supermarkets to hotels, factories, hospitals, missile silos, stadiums, skyscrapers, retirement communities, malls, and museums. For two decades he was a co-owner of the New York Yankees. His Sun City developments are still the gold standard in planned community living across the country. He was "a diversified developer, moving with the times, even ahead of the times, responding to social and economic change." After his death in 1974, the Arizona Republic eulogized that "His main interest was in people."

Purpose and Activities

The Del E. Webb Foundation invests in productivity that results in long-term benefits. It is believed that investing in results-based performance will impact the future of our society by allowing it to reach its maximum potential. Following Del Webb's legacy, giving is defined by new ideas and innovative adaptations. The foundation invests in results by committing to programs operating within Arizona, California or Nevada that create or enhance opportunities for permanent improvements. The foundation's focus is primarily on child and health initiatives, in three categories. Priority is given to projects and programs that define a pathway to self-sufficiency.

Program Area(s)

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

Del E. Webb BIG Innovation Grants

Funds for high-payback, game-changing programs or projects that display a likelihood of momentous impact on a focus area. BIG grants need to demonstrably enhance methodologies, improve productivity, reduce costs, extend outreach, expedite program delivery, increase capacity, or strengthen program results in a meaningful way. Priority is given to projects that lead the way for others to replicate the program elsewhere with similar benefits. $100,000-$2,000,000.

Del E. Webb Community Support Grants

Funds for capacity-building programs and projects that provide measurable, long-term benefits to both the clients and their community. $10,000-$75,000.

Del E. Webb Seed Grants

Start-up funds for established nonprofits with promising new program or project ideas. These are one-time only grants, intended to kick-start a fledgling concept with high-impact potential. $5,000-$50,000.

Fields of Interest

  • Adult and child mentoring
  • Assistive technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Child development
  • Community service for youth
  • Construction
  • Dental care
  • Diabetes
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Emergency medical services
  • Health
  • Health care access
  • Health care clinics
  • Home health care
  • In-home aid and personal assistance
  • Intergenerational mentoring
  • Nanotechnology
  • Out-patient medical care
  • Parent education
  • Youth organizing
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Incarcerated people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Seniors
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $56,874,890 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,232,567

Total giving: $2,612,089

Qualifying distributions: $2,916,979

Giving activities include:

$2,916,979 for 28 grants (high: $600,000; low: $7,000)

Estimated financial data for year ending 2016-12-31:

Assets: $58,400,000

Grants: $2,800,000