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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Marshall Foundation a University of Arizona Foundation?

No, it is a private foundation that has donated approximately $27 million to non-profit organizations in Pima County since it was founded in 1930. The Foundation has maintained a close relationship with the University since its founding and it contributes about half of its total annual donations to the university.

Does Marshall Foundation receive outside donations?

No, the Foundation is asset-based with income generated by its own portfolio of office and retail properties and real estate investments. The rental and lease payments from the property holdings are what make possible the charitable contributions the Foundation makes.

Is Marshall Foundation a family foundation?

No, the Foundation is named after its founder, Louise Marshall, and became the sole beneficiary of her real estate assets when she died. There is no family connection with the Foundation beyond her name and the legacy of doing charitable good works in the community.

What kinds of programs and projects does Marshall Foundation support?

The Foundation focuses its community giving on early childhood through undergraduate education & supportive wrap-around services to aid underserved populations in attaining education.  We also fund projects, programs and scholarships at the University of Arizona including post-secondary levels.

Does the Foundation accept requests from individuals or just non-profit organizations?

Marshall Foundation recognizes the important work many individuals are doing in the community, but is only able to accept grant refund applications from organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service under the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit categories.

Does the Foundation support programs and charitable activities outside of Tucson or Pima County?

No. The focus of Marshall Foundation is to support only charitable programs and activities based in Tucson and Pima County, Arizona.

How does my organization go about applying for a grant?

Find out more about the prerequisites and apply online for a grant from the Marshall Foundation.