The Wallace Foundation

Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others.


Our mission is to foster improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone.

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Our Approach and Strategy

Our signature phrase – “Supporting ideas. Sharing solutions. Expanding opportunities” – best describes how we work.

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Financials and Governance

Our audited financial statements and transparency and accountability practices are posted online.

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Annual Reports

We present our grants, research and investment strategies in our annual reports.

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We trace our history back more than half a century to DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace.

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Grants and Programs

We fund selected organizations to test promising ideas on the ground and conduct research in five major areas.

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Meet the board of directors and staff of The Wallace Foundation.

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View job openings and instructions for how to apply for positions at Wallace.

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We develop and test promising ideas on the ground, study the results, research related issues – and share what we’ve learned broadly to help improve children’s lives.