The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, including the Hearst Foundation, Inc. and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, assist institutions in providing opportunities in education, health, social service, and culture to underserved and underrepresented populations.
Purpose of Site:
The recently redesigned Web site of the Hearst Foundations provides information on their grantmaking activities, programs, and special awards. The site also functions as an information resource for grantseekers and offers proposal guidelines and a comprehensive FAQ section.
After building an empire of media enterprises, William Randolph Hearst founded the Hearst Foundation, Inc. in 1945. Three years later, he established another philanthropy called the California Charities Foundation, which became the William Randolph Hearst Foundation soon after Hearst's death in 1951. Both foundations are independent private philanthropies and are administered out of one headquarters office in New York City, which reviews all proposals from organizations located east of the Mississippi River. An office in San Francisco reviews requests from organizations west of the Mississippi.
The foundations, which have the same charitable goals and fund organizations in the program areas of education, health, social service, and culture, support efforts to ensure access to a quality education, with a priority on higher education institutions that focus on teaching and health care; programs that seek to improve and assure access to quality health care; human services agencies that promote effective solutions to social and economic problems; and programs that enrich the lives of young people through cultural activities.
The site's introduces the foundations, offers background and historical information, and provides links to the foundation's four main program areas — , , , and . The main toolbar has links to , , , , , and , which include the Hearst Foundations' United States Senate Youth Program and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
The section of the site provides information on grants made by the foundations in the years 1999-2001. The grants are organized by program area and year and listed in alphabetical order. The information provided for each individual grant includes the name of the organization, its location, and a link to its Web site, if available; the amount of the award; and the purpose of the funding.
In addition to general overall guidelines, the site provides detailed information, specific to each program area, about what the foundations want to see in a funding proposal. For example, in the program area, the site explains that proposals must contain information such as the male-to-female ratio of the educational institution, the percentage of students from low-income families (including the institutional criteria for low-income), and retention and graduation rates.