The Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1943 as a private, family foundation. The Foundation’s donors had wide ranging philanthropic interests and the Foundation’s original giving guidelines were defined broadly: grants were to be used for “charitable, scientific or educational purposes.” Prior to this year, the Foundation’s funding areas included economic development, criminal justice, legal services, environment and reproductive rights.

The Foundation has recently embarked on a spend down process. Going forward, new grant making will be focused on two areas, democracy and climate change, both of which are currently in development.