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.  We accept grant proposals only for charitable, education, or scientific purposes from tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations in Arizona, California and the Island of Hawai’i.  We do not fund individuals.

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

Geographic Focus:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Island of Hawai’i

Before preparing a letter of inquiry, we encourage you to carefully review What We Fund and the related guidelines and geographic scope for your area of interest. Letters of inquiry are only accepted through our online process.

Full proposals are by invitation only.


Local Grantmaking:

The Dorrance Family Foundation supports an array of nonprofit organizations in geographic areas that are personally significant to the Dorrance Family; Arizona, Southern California, and the Island of Hawai’i.

Grantees include but are not limited to programs related to the arts, children’s health, animal welfare, animal therapy for veterans and youth with disabilities, sustainable agriculture, organizational effectiveness and capacity, mission investing and natural resource conservation projects. The Foundation also provides institutional support to organizations with a long-term history of Dorrance family commitment, and core to the foundation’s mission and family’s values.

If you believe your organization is eligible to apply, please click below:


Program Purpose:

To provide program support for innovative, high-performing non-profits demonstrating effectiveness and expertise in natural resource conservation through preserving, protecting, restoring and fostering sustainable management of marine, land and fresh water ecosystems and biodiversity for future generations on the Island of Hawai’i.

Geographic Focus:

  • Island of Hawai’i

Guidelines and Deadlines:

The Dorrance Family Foundation invites letters of inquiry from organizations working in natural resource conservation on the Island of Hawai’i. Letters of inquiry will be accepted June 15 – July 17, 2018, 5:00 pm HST.  Please click below for eligibility and criteria, and link to the online application:

Please note that Southern California’s Conservation Program has ended and will not be included in the 2018 Invitation for Proposal. If you believe your organization is eligible to apply for a local, general grant, please submit a meeting request to discuss at