About Us

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national foundation that makes grants to a defined universe of organizations whose eligibility is determined exclusively by Mrs. duPont’s personal philanthropic decisions. An organization is eligible if it received a gift from Mrs. duPont between January 1, 1960 and December 31, 1964. Today, there are 330 eligible organizations.

The Fund organizes its resources around the following focus areas:

  • Strengthening the Independent Sector
  • Building the Assets of People, Families and Communities
  • Building the Capacity of Eligible Organizations


Throughout their work, the trustees and staff of the Fund strive to:

  • Learn with and from the people they serve.
  • Respect the wisdom and creativity of the organizations and communities with whom they work.
  • Engage in thoughtful and disciplined reflection about the decisions they make.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards in all that they do.
  • Act with compassion, work for justice, and champion the rights of all people to share in the wealth and health of our nation.

Core Beliefs

The trustees and staff of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund believe:

  • A democratic society that works for all people requires the participation of a strong and organized independent sector.
  • Communities are stronger and healthier when:
    • Public, private and philanthropic resources are invested to build the assets of individuals, families and neighborhoods.
    • Citizens, neighborhoods and organizations work together across the boundaries that divide us.
    • They are deliberate about identifying, building and using their philanthropic assets — the time, talent and money of people.
  • Citizens have both the right and the responsibility to participate fully in public debate about the distribution of resources, opportunities and assets intended to serve the common good.