Stanton Foundation

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The Stanton Foundation (originally the Ruth and Frank Stanton Fund) is a philanthropic organization established by Frank Stanton and his wife in 1991. The Foundation donates to projects relating to canine welfare, nuclear security, technology improvements for the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, and urban planning, among other causes.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The fund is administered by Elizabeth Allison.[8]


Stanton served as the president of CBS News from 1946 to 1971.[4] He was also selected by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954 to serve on a committee that would plan the country's response to a nuclear attack.[9] The Foundation was established on September 1, 1991, as the Ruth and Frank Stanton Fund by Stanton and his wife Ruth before her death in 1992.[5][10][11] After his wife's death, Frank Stanton continued his philanthropic work, until his own death in 2006.[7] By 2009, the name had changed to the "Stanton Foundation".


Dr. Stanton was a lifelong dog owner and admirer, from the collie who accompanied him on his first paper route to the Pembroke Welsh Corgis who added warmth and companionship to his last years. In 2002 he provided the lead gift for the Clinical Care Center at Angell-MSPCA in Boston. Other canine welfare projects the Foundation supports include the establishment of K-9 police units and off-leash dog parks.[12][13] Consistent with Stanton's involvement in nuclear security issues, the Foundation also supports various fellowships, professorships, and special chairs, devoted to research issues related to nuclear security.[9][14]

The Foundation contributes to the Wikimedia Foundation to improve technology used by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and support efforts to improve articles on the site.[4][15] In 2012, the Foundation provided funds for a paid Wikipedian in residence at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. This became controversial due to links between the Belfer Center and the Stanton Foundation (the directors of each are married) and ongoing concerns about conflict-of-interest editing on Wikipedia.[8]


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  2. ^ "Stanford receives $5 million gift to endow a nuclear security professorship | The Dish". 
  3. ^ "Stanton Nuclear Security Fellows Program | RAND". 
  4. ^ a b c "Wikipedia gets $890,000 for the Luddites - CNET". 
  5. ^ a b "Foundation Directory Online". 
  6. ^ "Wikimedia awarded $3.6 million grant for technology improvements - The H Open: News and Features". 
  7. ^ a b "CHRONICLE - New York Times". 
  8. ^ a b Tim Sampson (14 April 2014). "One of Wikimedia's largest donors accused in paid editing scandal". The Daily Dot. 
  9. ^ a b Wong, May (30 April 2014). "FSI receives $5 million from Stanton Foundation for nuclear security professor at CISAC". FSI Stanford News (Stanford University). Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Longtime CBS president Frank Stanton dies - The Hollywood Reporter". 
  11. ^ "Info: Foundation, Nonprofit: Ruth And Frank Stanton Fund". 
  12. ^ Graham, George (30 May 2014). "Hadley K-9 Officer Douglas Costa and his 4-legged partner Nomar on patrol thanks to $25,000 grant from Stanton Foundation". Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Parker, Brock (18 May 2012). "Arlington's first off-leash park to open Monday". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Grauer, Jack (25 September 2013). "Behind the Stanton Foundation Endowed Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies at MIT". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wikimedia Foundation Receives $1.2 Million for Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative". Philanthropy News Digest. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2014.