The mission of The Dorrance Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation. The Foundation does this through scholarships, grants and volunteer service.


The Dorrance Family Foundation supports projects that work to resolve societal, educational and environmental problems strategically and make our communities a better place. Of particular interest are the following areas:


  • Academic needs of low income and/or underserved students
  • First generation graduates
  • Innovation
  • Literacy
  • Primary, secondary, post-secondary, academic
  • Quality teachers – training and recruitment
  • Science and technology

Natural Resource Conservation

  • Forests
  • Innovation
  • Marine/coastal areas
  • Rivers, streams, wetlands, watersheds
  • Sustainable agriculture, land use, land management
  • Wildlife habitats


The Dorrance Family Foundation meets an average of 2-3 times a year to review and award grants to 501 (c)(3) qualified organizations engaging primarily in our mission areas of education and natural resource conservation.

All grant applications are accepted and reviewed by invitation only.

The geographic focus of the Foundation’s giving is Arizona, California (primarily areas of Los Angeles and Santa Monica) and Hawai’i (primarily the Big Island of Hawai’i).

While the Foundation also supports arts and culture, children’s medical research, science and other community needs, preference is given to organizations of special interest to individual Foundation directors through their discretionary giving and/or personal involvement.


Invitation for Proposal – Conservation Letter of Inquiry

The Dorrance Family Foundation is inviting proposals from 501 (c)3 non-profit organizations working in natural resource conservation in Southern California and the Island of Hawai’i. Please click the button below to review the details and to submit a letter of inquiry should your organization be eligible to apply.

Invitation for Proposal >


Letter of Inquiry – General

The Dorrance Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications. If your organization qualifies for a grant based on the Foundation’s grantmaking focus and eligibility requirements, please submit a Letter of Inquiry.

The Letter of Inquiry will help the Foundation understand the relationship between your proposed request and our primary objective: to improve the quality of life in the community by supporting education and natural resource conservation.

Letter of Inquiry