In 1952, Gertrude Hanna Britton, Brigham Britton and M.J. Mitchell established
the Britton Fund as a way of supporting the United Way and other community and
educational concerns. Its giving history has been primarily for health and human
services; support also for the arts and education (Alzheimer's disease research;
Children/youth, services; Disabled; Education; Food services; Health care; Higher
education; Hospitals (general); Human services; Medical research; Reproductive
health, family planning; Secondary school/education; Women; Women, centers/services).
The foundation will provide endowment, emergency funds, continuing support,
annual campaign funding, scholarship funds and research funds. Britton focuses
its giving programs in Ohio with most of its giving in the Greater Cleveland
area, including Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. The foundation does not
provide support to individuals.
This foundation’s funds are committed substantially committed but they may
be contacted about funding, an application form is not required. The initial
approach is by letter, and if a proposal is accepted, one copy should be submitted.
The deadlines for proposal are May 1 and November 1 because the board meets
in May and November
Finances: (for the year 2003):
Assets, $22,386,213 (M); total giving, $1,381,500 (high: $300,000; low: $3,000).
Selected grants: The following grants were reported in 2003.
$300,000 to Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, For pledge payment.
$200,000 to Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, OH, For pledge payment.
$50,000 to Hunger Task Force of Greater Cleveland, Hunger Network of Greater
Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, For operating support.
$25,000 to Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, For general
$10,000 to United Negro College Fund, Cleveland, OH, For general operating support.
$10,000 to Vocational Guidance Services, Cleveland, OH, For capital campaign.
$5,000 to Alzheimers Association, Cleveland, OH, For operating support.