The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation continues a multi-generational history of family philanthropy. It evolved from the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, established in 1962, and the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation, established in 2004.
Both Shelby and Kathryn earned their doctorates in International Relations from the University of Geneva.
Shelby, an author and successful investment banker, was the longest serving American ambassador to Switzerland. His wife, Kathryn Wasserman Davis, was an author, community leader, and renowned lecturer in Russian affairs. She took up art at age 95 and exhibited at juried shows.
Today, their daughter, Diana Davis Spencer, serves as president and chairman of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. A journalist and activist, Diana leads the foundation and directs its grant-making efforts.
Abby Spencer Moffat, Diana’s daughter, serves as the foundation’s chief executive officer. A former business leader and entrepreneur, she serves on several boards and oversees the foundation’s day-to-day operations.
Their Founding Fathers enshrined freedom, limited government, and individual responsibility in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They knew that these values would guide future generations to prosperity and happiness.
Today, the growth of big government endangers these principles. Society increasingly depends on fiscally unsustainable entitlement and welfare programs.
To guarantee their political, social, and economic freedoms, Americans must rediscover and apply their founding values. They’re helping them do so through their support to a variety of research, advocacy, and educational organizations.
For example, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy supports over 50,000 legal professionals committed to preserving constitutional government and the rule of law. One Generation Away develops educational projects to teach Americans of all ages about the Constitution and how it applies to modern issues. Liberty’s Promise instills their founding values in new immigrants and helps integrate them into American civic society.
Their founding values have provided over two centuries of economic, political, and moral guidance to citizens of the greatest nation in human history. By understanding and upholding these values, Americans can ensure a free, vibrant society for years to come.