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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
FoundedJune 30, 1969
FounderPaul Mellon
Ailsa Mellon Bruce
FocusHigher education
Museums and art conservation
Performing arts
Key people
Elizabeth Alexander, President
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$331,375,744[1]
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, and 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. Elizabeth Alexander is the Foundation's president. Her predecessors have included Earl Lewis, Don Randel, William G. Bowen, John Edward Sawyer, and Nathan Pusey. In 2004, the Foundation was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[2]

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  • ✪ Measuring staff diversity at America's art museums
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Our Compelling Interests is an attempt to really look at the role that diversity plays in helping to create a sustained and prosperous democracy. And we thought that if we are going to move into this next stage in American history where by mid-century it is predicted that the majority of Americans will be non-white, we should also begin to actually think more carefully and more fully about diversity. So when we think about what's happening in our country and in our world what we see is an enormous explosion of demographic diversity. What are we doing with that diversity? Are we viewing that diversity as an opportunity, an opportunity to bring to the table--any table we're at--all different talents and life experiences and passions and values, or are we seeing that diversity as a threat? My piece of the pie might be threatened because there's so many more pieces in the pie now. We cannot be a successful economy, cannot be a successful democracy, we can't even be successful in educating our children if we don't have all the talent at the table and we certainly can't be successful if we're spending all our time worrying about who's taking it from us and so in 2016 there's an odd kind of way that eight years of Barack Obama made a number of people more anxious about their own future in a world that was ever-changing and you add on to it work on automation the rise of artificial intelligence the sense the jobs may not be as plentiful and this false notion that some people by the accident of birth they made them one race or another should always be on top you end up getting it play it out and then in particular kind of ways both in voting booth and on street corners. How do I sound to you? How do I talk to you? What do you want? What do I want out of this conversation? We've got to do the nuts and bolts of them because in this country people are not living together they're not talking together they're not worshiping together they're not striving together they're not voting together-- we're walking to the opposite sides of the room got a walk back to the table. T he whole is more than the sum of the parts we better wake up to them otherwise we're gonna be floating on some separate rafts down rivers that take us nowhere. The future of America is at stake if people don't believe that additional diversity is important my hope is that Our Compelling Interest, if the series takes hold in a way that I hope it will, will find its way into footnotes even a Supreme Court that's paying attention to as it battles inclusion and opportunity in American law. What has to happen above and beyond who's at the table is how much we care about whether the other one survives


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. ^ a b "Andrew W. Mellon Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Lifetime Honors - National Medal of Arts". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2012-04-28.

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