Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation

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Mission

The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation was established in 1985 as a private foundation to honor its founders, Mr. and Mrs. Adams. The foundation provides grants to charitable organizations primarily to benefit arts, culture, humanities, and education in the Memphis, Miami, and New York City areas.

Application deadlines

February 15, 2017 for review at a Spring 2017 meeting.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Arthur and Alice Adams Foundation
Greeley Square
Post Office Box 20459
New York, NY 10001-0459

Contact person:
Sangita Karra, Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N. A.
Phone: 1-609-799-3108
Fax: 1-609-799-4189
Email: grantadministration@wellsfargo.com

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Education

Program limitations

Grant requests for specific programs, performances, publications, etc. should be scheduled to commence 12 months or more from the proposal submission deadline of February 15, 2017 (i.e., commencing after February 15, 2018). The Foundation will not accept requests for general operating or endowment support. Any grantee receiving a distribution of funds from the Foundation must wait a minimum of one year before applying for a new grant (for example: if a grantee receives a grant payment from the Foundation in 2016, then the grantee cannot apply for a new grant until 2018). This is regardless of whether the distribution is made within the same fiscal year as the proposal was granted or from a previous application.

States served

Florida
New York
Tennessee

Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the foundation has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in Memphis, Miami, or New York City areas.

Trustees

Arete S. Warren, Co-Trustee
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Co-Trustee

Committee members

Paul Guibao, Member of Board of Governors
Renee Guibao, Member of Board of Governors
Arete S. Warren, Member of Board of Governors and Co-Trustee
Wells Fargo Bank, N. A., Member of Board of Governors and Co-Trustee

Requirements

  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through our online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
  • When submitting a grant application to the foundation that requires additional attachments, please submit those attachments via email to grantadministration@wellsfargo.com in addition to completing the online grant application. Please reference your application when emailing this information.

Limitations

  • Grant requests for specific programs, performances, publications, etc. should be scheduled to commence 12 months or more from the proposal submission deadline of February 15, 2017 (i.e., commencing after February 15, 2018).
  • The Foundation will not accept requests for general operating or endowment support.
  • Any grantee receiving a distribution of funds from the Foundation must wait a minimum of one year before applying for a new grant (for example: if a grantee receives a grant payment from the Foundation in 2016, then the grantee cannot apply for a new grant until 2018). This is regardless of whether the distribution is made within the same fiscal year as the proposal was granted or from a previous application.

Grantmaking priorities

The foundation assists with funding of specific projects.

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2017 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in the Spring 2017.

Communications

Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within six months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation was established in 1985 by Mr. and Mrs. Adams out of their desire to support various charitable initiatives.

Arthur Adams was a business entrepreneur who managed the Gary Group of telephone interests in the Midwest. Under his leadership as president and CEO, the Strowger Automatic Electric Company of Chicago developed and patented the dial telephone.

Alice (“Elise”) Adams was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Her family relocated to Egypt during her childhood, and she spent much of her time in private school in Switzerland. She became proficient in the use of foreign languages and eventually mastered eleven of them.

In the late 1930s, Arthur met and married Elise. They maintained several homes and eventually settled in Miami Beach, Florida. Following Arthur's death in 1958, Elise spent much of her time supporting philanthropic causes until she passed away in 1987.