Grant History

The Helen J. Serini Foundation has made grants ranging from $1,000 to $120,000, as single or multi-year grants. For an overview of some recent grantees, see the listings below. Also make sure to follow our blog for updates on news, outcomes and new grantees, or sign up for our newsletter for announcements.

Average grant installment size to date (FY2017): $10,715

Median grant installment size to date (FY2017): $10,000


Selected Grants Made to Date*:

*Please note that our grant activity for 2013-2017 is reflective of our original mission statement and strategic plan. In 2017, we revised our mission statement to more accurately support our vision, and all following grantmaking activities will be in alignment with this new mission statement. To learn more about this decision and our direction for current and future grantmaking, click here.


View Grants as a map

Our grants are included in Foundation Center's grants map; click here to view the map of all grants made by The Helen J. Serini Foundation (with grant detail). Note that grant activity in the map is updated annually, so may be slightly out of date at any given moment.

Grant Philosophy

We believe that monetary grants can go a long way in effecting change, but we also believe in helping our grantees with more than just dollars. We encourage all of our Board members, staff, advisors and family members and spouses to volunteer their time to help our grantees. We aim to provide a broad range of advice, guidance and hands-on support at all levels, from serving as board members to providing complimentary marketing, legal, financial and investment advice (where appropriate and requested); from working at fundraising and creative joint venture creation to tutoring children and providing educational and career advice; from providing, preparing and serving meals to helping clean, repair and renovate properties.