The Durfee Foundation

Santa Monica


Grant Details


The Durfee Foundation’s focus is on extraordinary people who are making a better Los Angeles.

Durfee is a family foundation that seeks to adhere to the values of our founders, Dorothy Durfee Avery and R. Stanton Avery, by rewarding individual initiative and leadership.

We build partnerships with individuals and organizations that share our ideals of creativity, risk-taking, fiscal care, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and continuous learning.

We seek to build community in unexpected ways. We make grants where our dollars will have the greatest impact. We hope that Durfee support provides leverage for other opportunities.

Durfee is a patient grantmaker. We are willing to make grants where results may unfold over time.

Grantmaking Approach


Any organization whose mission focuses on public good. May or may not be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Must: have a dynamic and effective leadership that comes from the community it serves Engage multiple stakeholders — people, communities, organizations — for input and accountability

Have a program that is already underway, but that has been in operation for less than five years

Focus on applying an inventive strategy to a community issue Have a feasible action plan to animate a big idea through identifiable, concrete steps

Be at a critical developmental stage so that Springboard funding can be at a tipping point for success Have an annual budget of $250,000 or less


Unsolicited Application

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Funding Uses

Grantee Service Area



Big ideas that benefit Los Angeles communitites

Operating support

Los Angeles County

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