Roy and Marian Holleman Foundation

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The mission of the Roy and Marian Holleman Foundation is to provide financial grants and annual support to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A special emphasis is given to those organizations whose mission focuses on:

  • The care, well-being, and general welfare of domesticated animals.
  • The academic discipline of library science (the practices, perspectives and tools of management, information technology, education, and other areas specific to libraries) including, but not limited to, student scholarships in this field of study.
  • Interests, services, and activities that Roy and Marian Holleman would choose to support, and organizations they have supported through their Foundation in the past.

Annual application deadlines

September 30

Program areas

Environment, animals
Human services

States served



Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee members

Cheryl S. Cox
Christopher Redo


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


The foundation normally does not fund requests for:

  • Construction of buildings or facilities at the University of San Diego.

Grantmaking priorities

Preference will be given to requests for the following:

  • Organizations and programs that are devoted to the care, well-being and general welfare of domesticated animals.
  • Organizations and programs related to the academic discipline of library science.

Average giving

Average grant size: $10,000 - $25,000
Average number of grants per year: 5
Average total giving per year: $200,000

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by September 30 to be reviewed at the grant meeting.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated by November for applications received by the deadline.

Required reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

Marian P. Holleman served as the first Head Librarian at the University of San Diego from 1969 until her retirement in 1989 when she was designated Librarian Emeritus. Marian’s husband, Roy, served as the Head Librarian at the College of Women - one of the two colleges that merged to form the University of San Diego - prior to his passing in 1969. Both Marian and Roy were native born Canadians from the city of Toronto who immigrated to the United States in the 1960s.