F. M. Kirby Foundation

Located in Morristown, New Jersey, the F. M. Kirby Foundation is a family foundation. Its grantees are largely in geographic areas of particular interest to five generations of family members and, in many cases, are organizations with which family members have been associated. Successful new applicants tend to be organizations already well known to one or more of the directors of the Foundation, and/or other members of the family. Fred Morgan Kirby, a five-and-dime-merchant who became one of the founders of F.W. Woolworth Company, endowed the Foundation in 1931 and served as president until 1940. Allan P. Kirby succeeded his father in that role. In 1967, Allan’s son, Fred M. Kirby II, assumed leadership and, for over forty years, through careful management of assets, greatly enlarged its endowment and stature in the communities the Foundation serves. Philosophy & Mission The F. M. Kirby Foundation aims effectively to manage and utilize that which has been entrusted to it over multiple generations of the Kirby family. It strives to make thoughtful and prudent philanthropic commitments to highly selective grantee partners. The goal is to invest in opportunities that foster self-reliance or otherwise create strong, healthy communities. The Board of Directors recognizes that achieving its philanthropic aspirations takes time, effort and perseverance that often result in sustained funding relationships. Programmatic Areas of Interest Foundation grants are made to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, as well as religious, welfare and youth organizations. Churches, hospitals, schools and colleges, other than those attended or used by members of the family, are unlikely to receive support. Community service organizations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, volunteer service programs, youth and other local organizations outside geographic areas of particular interest are likewise unlikely to receive grants. The Foundation supports a number of national medical research and service organizations and public policy organizations espousing the Foundation’s fundamental beliefs. Scope The F. M. Kirby Foundation is a family foundation. Its grantees are largely in geographic areas of particular interest to five generations of Kirby family members and, in many cases, are organizations with which family members have been associated. Successful new applicants tend to be organizations already well known to one or more of the directors of the Foundation, and/or other members of the family.
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Company Offices

  • United States (headquarters)
  • Morristown
  • 17 DeHart Street, PO Box 151