35 Church Lane
Westport, CT 06880
Type of foundation: Independent
Types of grants: Project, general support
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 does not accept applications; the Educational Foundation does.
The Ettinger Foundation funds pre-selected organizations. Based on the Foundation's tax return, it appears that each Board member chooses a group of organizations to which he/she wants to make grants. One of the Board members of the Ettinger Foundation is Wendy Ettinger, an independent filmmaker.
The 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 the members of the Board.
- $50,000 to the Tides Foundation 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.
- $8,500 to Working Films, Inc.
- $5,000 to Moving Image, Inc. for Lumiere Productions' development, production, promotion and outreach for the documentary, "Advise and Dissent."
- $3,000 to Sundance Institute for Film and Television in general support.
Fit for public broadcasting: There is convergence between the interests of the Foundation's Board members and public media. The key for stations is to find a means of introduction. One potential avenue in may be through the Educational Foundation of America.
Eligibility: The Foundation only gives to pre-selected organizations.
How to apply: No applications are accepted. Interested organizations would need to find an introduction.
Giving range: $500 – $25,000
Assets: $1,6106,451 (2008)
Total giving: $1,721,501 (2008)