The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2009)|
|Agency executive||Arthur Vining Davis, Founder|
The original Arthur Vining Davis Foundation was created in 1952 by Davis during his lifetime; the second and third foundations were established by Davis' will in 1965. The first foundation was merged into the second in 2001. Since 1997 the foundations have been headed by Davis' great-nephew, J.H. Dow Davis. In 2005, the slogan "Dedicated to Strengthening America's Future through Education" was introduced to the foundations.
Davis' charge to the trustees was that they fund programs that would "strengthen the nation's future," with the nation in question being his native United States. For this reason, the single restriction on the grants is that they are to be made only within the United States and its possessions (such as Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands). The foundations presently directs its funding into five basic categories: secondary education, private higher education, graduate theological education, health care, and public television.
The foundations' main offices are located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.