Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Founded June 30, 1969
Founder Paul Mellon
Ailsa Mellon-Bruce
Focus Higher education
Museums and art conservation
Performing arts
Method Grants
Key people
Earl Lewis, President
Endowment $6.1 billion

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City in the United States, is a private foundation with five core areas of interest, endowed with wealth accumulated by Andrew W. Mellon of the Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the product of the 1969 merger of the Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation. These foundations were set up separately by Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon-Bruce, the children of Andrew W. Mellon. It is housed in the expanded former offices of the Bollingen Foundation in New York City, another educational philanthropy supported by Paul Mellon. Earl Lewis is the Foundation's president. His predecessors have included Don Randel, William G. Bowen, John Edward Sawyer and Nathan Pusey. Lewis is the former Provost of Emory University. In 2004, the Foundation was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[1]

Core areas of interest

Research group

Mellon has a small research group that has investigated doctoral education, collegiate admissions, independent research libraries, charitable nonprofits, scholarly communications, and other issues in order to ensure that the foundation's grants would be well-informed and more effective. Some of the recent publications of this effect include Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values, JSTOR: A History, The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values, and The Shape of the River.

Mellon's endowment has fluctuated in the range of $5–6 billion in recent years, and its annual grantmaking has been on the order of $300 million.


See also


  1. "Lifetime Honors - National Medal of Arts". Retrieved 2012-04-28.

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