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Ettinger Foundation

Contact information:
501 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE 19809-3515
Phone: (800) 839-1754

Type of foundation: Independent

Types of grants: General/operating support; Program development; Seed money.

Description: The Ettinger Foundation was founded by the late Richard Ettinger, founder of Prentice-Hall Publishing. He also founded the Educational Foundation of America, and many board members serve both foundations. 

The Ettinger Foundation makes grants in diverse areas, including environment, animal protection, health, arts, social services and education. Grants are made nationally, all at the discretion of board members.

Wendy and Barbara Ettinger serve as directors of both Foundations. They are independent filmmakers and have directed funding toward media and film projects through this Foundation.

Sample grants:

  • $50,000 to the Tides Foundation (San Francisco, CA) for the Chicken and Egg Film Fund (Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company co-founded by Wendy Ettinger). It focuses on supporting women filmmakers who focus on social justice, human rights and environmental issues (2008).
  • $25,000 to Tides Foundation (San Francisco, CA) for Chicken & Egg Film Fund (2010).
  • $15,000 to Working Films, Inc. (Wilmington, NC) for Residencies (2010).
  • $10,000 to Center for Independent Documentary (Sharon, MA) for "Cooked" Film (2011).
  • $10,000 to Scribe Video Center (Philadelphia, PA) for "Shored Up" (2010).
  • $10,000 to Media Matters for America (Washington, DC) (2012).
  • $10,000 to Tides Foundation (San Francisco, CA) for Chicken & Egg Film Fund (2010).
  • $8,500 to Working Films, Inc. (Wilmington, NC), for Working Films Award at Full Frame Film Festival (2008).
  • $7,500 to Arts Engine, Inc. (New York, NY) for Africa Film Project (2010).
  • $5,000 to Filmaid International Inc. (New York, NY) (2011).
  • $5,000 to International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA) for El Sistema USA Doc Project (2011).
  • $5,000 to Media Matters for America (Washington, DC) (2010).
  • $5,000 to NY Stage and Film (New York, NY) (2012 and 2011).
  • $5,000 to Moving Image, Inc. for Lumiere Productions' development, production, promotion and outreach for the documentary, "Advise and Dissent" (2008).
  • $5,000 to Upstate Films, Limited (Rhinebeck, NY) for "Upstate Upstate Event" (2011).
  • $5,000 to Women Make Movies (New York, NY) for "Oscars Comeback," a project of Lisa Collins (2011).
  • $3,000 to Sundance Institute (Park City, UT) for Film and Television in general support (2008).
  • $2,500 to International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA) for Jonathan Berman's Documentary Film, "Secrets of the Desert" (2011).
  • $2,000 to American Theatre Works, Inc. (Dorset, VT) (2012).
  • $2,000 to Association of Public Television Stations (Arlington, VA).
  • $2,000 to Filmaid International Inc. (New York, NY) (2012).
  • $1,000 to Stone Soup Films Endowment (Herndon, VA) for Stone Soup Films (2011).

Fit for public broadcasting: There is convergence between the interests of the Foundation's Board members and public media, especially in the area of independent and documentary film. The key for stations is to find a means of introduction.

Eligibility: The Foundation only gives to pre-selected organizations.

Deadline: None.

How to apply: No applications are accepted. Interested organizations would need to find an introduction. 

Giving range: $500 – $52,500

Assets: $17,043,005 (2012)

Total giving: $1,292,600 for 201 grants (2012)

This Grant Center profile is a synopsis of the foundation and its giving, based on currently available information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source. Be sure to consult the foundation website for additional information.


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