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The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 05/11/2017
Last grant data update: 02/11/2018

At A Glance

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

5454 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 1205

Chevy Chase, MD United States 20815-6934

Telephone: (301) 913-5990

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Incorporated in 1955 in NY - Founded by the late Sherman Fairchild, who was Chairman of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Company, manufacturers of semiconductor devices in a wide variety of applications, and a director of International Business Machines, a company founded by his father. Mr. Fairchild attended Harvard College, but his formal education was interrupted by illness. He later studied engineering at Columbia University. He left Columbia during World War I to build an aerial camera for the War Department. The foundation's current name was adopted in 1974.

Purpose and Activities

Emphasis on higher education and fine arts and cultural institutions; some support for medical research and social welfare.