Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Trust

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To provide grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations supporting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.

Annual application deadlines

January 15

Program areas

Arts, culture and humanities
Human services
Public/society benefit

Program limitations

The foundation does not normally consider endowment grants.

States served

New Jersey

Geographic Limitations

There are no geographic limitations, however, the trust has a practice of supporting organizations located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.


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William R. Sasso, Esquire

The Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Trust awards grants to organizations supporting charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.


  • 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 does not fund requests for endowments.

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by January 15 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in March.


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 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

Leo Niessen lived in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In 1993, his foundation was funded from a testamentary bequest. He was a charitable man who also made substantial philanthropic gifts to Holy Redeemer Hospital during his lifetime. He had a special affinity for Red Cloud Indian School of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. To this day, the Co-Trustees of his foundation continue to support this school, as well as the Holy Redeemer Hospital and The Society for the Propagation of the Faith. All grants are made in memory of Leo Niessen and his family.