Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

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The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

"The story of The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation... begins in 1969, when Edna McConnell Clark, a daughter of the founder of Avon Products, decided with her husband, Van Alan Clark, to set a fresh course for what had become a very large but unstaffed family foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Clark doubled the size of the endowment and charged their sons Hays, Van Alan, Jr., and James with overseeing staffing and establishing priorities to focus the resources of the Foundation.
"The sons wanted to maintain the Clark family's down-to-earth approach to philanthropy. After carefully considering a wide range of opportunities, the trustees selected narrowly defined programs in each of four areas: the poor, children, the elderly, and the developing world. The Foundation's programs today continue to reflect the spirit of those early decisions.
"In the last three decades, the Foundation has made grants totaling $619 million. As of September 30, 2004, the Foundation's assets were valued at $729 million. Two grandchildren of Van Alan and Edna McConnell Clark-H. Lawrence Clark and James McConnell Clark, Jr. -serve on the Foundation's nine-member board of trustees, while son James serves as trustee emeritus." [1]

Listed as a private supporter of the Education Development Center.




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