About the Whitaker Foundation

The Whitaker Foundation was established in 1975 by Mrs. Mae Meissner Whitaker in memory of her husband Lyndon.

Today The Whitaker Foundation is a private, independent foundation that supports the work of nonprofit organizations on the Missouri side of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

The Whitaker Foundation supports the Arts, Parks and efforts to encourage Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Available Grants

Grant opportunities are available throughout the year. Follow the links below to learn more about the types of grants offered.

Grant Information

Please note that Whitaker Foundation funds may not be used for galas, fundraisers, or regranting to other organizations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. Currently, the Foundation is focused on program grants and does not support general operating or capital campaigns.

Opportunities to Apply

Learn more about the application process and deadlines throughout the year.


François G. Henriquez II

Debra Hollingsworth

Ashley Kemper

Cheryl Walker

Jackie Yoon


Christy E. Gray

Executive Director

Betsy Kellerman

Program Manager