Hillman Family Foundations is composed of eighteen foundations associated with the Hillman family. Of these, thirteen foundations are individually named for the children and grandchildren of the late Henry and Elsie Hillman. These thirteen invest in communities and programs that reflect the specific interests of the family members for which they are named.
Rooted in the belief that philanthropy is most effectively carried out in the community where a person lives, Henry Hillman created individual foundations to support the grantmaking interests of each of his children and grandchildren. Furthering this innovative approach, upon his passing, Henry made significant additional contributions to each of the family foundation’s endowments.
2017 marked an important year for all thirteen family foundations as they worked closely with HFF staff to refine their focus areas and approaches to grantmaking, based on larger annual distributions. The family foundations experienced a 20% increase in requests for funding last year, and the average awarded grant size increased from $10,000 in 2016 to $24,000 in 2017. Over the course of the year, they invested in programs ranging from arts education to urban agriculture in communities from New Hampshire to California. A snapshot of the family foundations’ 2017 investments is as follows: