Frueauff Foundation Grant

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $300,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 15, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Louisiana, Mississippi Expand all

Location of residency: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Louisiana, Mississippi Expand all

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The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation (CAFF) was founded in 1950 by the Last Will and Testament of Charles A. Frueauff, a successful New York attorney who gave his time and resources to many New York charitable organizations. Harry Day Frueauff, brother of Charles, was the Foundation's first president. In the early 1970's, Harry Day Frueauff, Jr. became the third Foundation president. His leadership not only helped increase the Foundation's resources but also broadened its grant-making strategies. Foundation assets increased sevenfold and the average grant increased from $5,000 to $25,000. David A. Frueauff, grandnephew of Charles, was elected fifth president in 1996. In its 65 years of existence, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $130 million to more than 650 agencies and institutions. 

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Grants

The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation makes grants in the fields of education, human services and health-related causes around the country. 

Despite the myriad of sometimes daunting challenges facing our society, the ability to move forward with courage and conviction is what distinguishes us as a people. The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation is dedicated to empowering those on the front lines to more adequately face these obstacles with financial support for a variety of causes. The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation is committed to assisting in areas that we feel can make the most profound impact today and tomorrow—focusing intently on educational, human services and health-related causes around the country. 

Focus Areas


Our commitment to educating future generations has always been a primary area of focus for CAFF. Since our first grant to Columbia University in 1951, CAFF has continually supported a number of private four-year colleges and universities around the country. Through careful giving and effective stewardship, we are often able to provide assistance that can aid current students and also serve future generations. Presently, numerous students are attending colleges on endowed scholarships established by the Foundation 20 to 40 years ago. 

In addition to scholarship funding, CAFF has provided grants for technology and software upgrades and other infrastructure assistance. We are also meeting the challenge of the changing educational environment by contributing to a range of requests. Service learning, persons leaving welfare, students preparing for employment in non-profit agencies, and activities for at-risk youth are examples. Although the Frueauff Foundation rarely makes large grants, funds have been given to support building campaigns and major fund drives. In most instances, these grants are used to meet challenges from other foundations.

Human Services

Our attention to human services often means turning attention where others have turned their back. Due to lack of adequate resources, countless children and families live in environments detrimental to a healthy, productive and contented life. CAFF remains committed to righting these circumstances when possible through support to agencies seeking assistance.

Of the original five agencies receiving awards from CAFF, four were human service organizations. The growing needs of such organizations continue to command the attention of CAFF today. The enormous problems facing America’s young people, the economic conditions in cities, and the numerous issues confronting families are all topics of concern to the Foundation. Welfare-to-Work programs, creative approaches to working with at-risk youth, inadequate daycare systems, ever growing hunger issues, and economic development initiatives are receiving attention from the Trustees today.


Creating and maintaining the physical health and well being of our citizens is one of the most pervasive challenges of our day. With that in mind, the Frueauff Foundation has long been an advocate for improving access to and raising the quality of health care for our citizens. Our belief in the fundamental right to quality of life for all people drives our continued dedication to support a variety of worthy health-related initiatives.

Hospitals and health agencies have been recipients of Foundation awards since its founding. Equipment, outreach programs, staff positions, screening and education materials are just a few examples of grants given. Health education programs for at-risk children and their parents, support for the critically ill, AIDS/HIV education programs, and nursing scholarships have all received awards in the past decade. Specific institutions and specific programs, rather than national organizations, are usually given priority.

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  • The Foundation primarily funds the South, Midwest and Northeast regions.
  • If your organization has not previously received funding from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, you may be eligible for consideration.
  • Grants are limited to tax-exempt organizations that are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


  • Typically the Foundation does not fund west of the Rockies.
  • As a rule, the Foundation does not support or make contributions to individuals, multi-year grants, international projects, state supported colleges or universities, primary and secondary schools, churches, or fund raising drives and special events.

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