May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust (Trust) envisions a human community that recognizes each individual as vital to the strength, richness, and well-being of the whole, and that motivates, empowers, and invites each to contribute and participate according to his or her ability and potential.
The Trust supports organizations that offer opportunities to children and youth; adults and families; elders; and people with disabilities that enrich the quality of life, promote self-sufficiency, and assist individuals in achieving their highest potential.
We believe that every individual possesses an innate dignity; a capacity to overcome adversity, hardship, or missteps; and a potential for transformation that, when accompanied by motivation and effort, compels support from the community.
Therefore, we take a “person-centered approach” in our grantmaking and prioritize organizations that provide direct services to individuals, because we believe these organizations offer the types of practical assistance that people need to make transformative changes in their lives. At the same time, we acknowledge that changes that result in lasting improvements in peoples’ lives may often depend on adjustments in attitudes, social behaviors, laws, and policies that influence access to and uptake of resources and opportunities. Accordingly, the Trust funds organizations intervening at various levels – the individual, the family, the organization, the community, and the field – to effect positive change, as well as organizations working to change systems, policies, and/or behaviors in ways that contribute to improved well-being and opportunity for its target populations. A list of our core values is available here.
About the Trust
Created in 1989, the Trust stewards the charitable intentions of May and Stanley Smith beyond their lifetimes. The Trust’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan aims to focus, deepen, and enhance our efforts to achieve significant, lasting, positive changes that promote well-being for individuals and communities. For the term of the Plan, the Trust has identified the following focus populations:
- Children & Youth: Foster Children and Youth
- Elders: Adults over age 60
- Adults & Families: Military Veterans and their Families
- People with Disabilities: Adults and Youth Transitioning to Adulthood living with Physical, Intellectual, or Developmental Disabilities
Please note that the Trust’s grantmaking priorities have changed effective January 1, 2014.
Descriptions of the Trust’s current programmatic interests for each of these populations are available on the Grant Program Area pages. In all of its grantmaking, the Trust is interested in supporting organizations that promote the dignity, agency, and self-sufficiency of individuals within its focus populations, and that strive to achieve a lasting difference in the lives of the people they serve.
Geographic Areas Served
Grantmaking benefits these populations living in the Western Region of the United States and British Columbia, Canada. The Western Region is defined as: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington.
The Trust welcomes inquiries from organizations serving these areas whose missions match its funding interests and qualifications, and that fulfill the Trust’s Alignment and Eligibility criteria. The application process is explained on the For Grantseekers page.
Board of Trustees
- Ruth M. Collins
- David C. Cuneo
- Daniel F. Piombo
The Trustees and staff of the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust strive to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the highest ethical standards. The Trustees have adopted various policies to set forth expected standards and the procedures necessary to comply with those standards.
The Trust intends to avoid conflicts of interest as well as the appearance of impropriety to ensure that the Trust continues to operate in a manner which honors the generosity of its founders, and maintains the public trust inherent in its tax exempt status and private foundation classification. The Trust has adopted a policy of dealing with such conflicts through full disclosure of any such actual or potential conflicting interests, and abstention or recusal where a conflict is involved. The full Conflict of Interest Policy may be viewed here.
The Trust’s Audited Financial Statements and IRS Forms 990-PF for the past three years are accessible below.
The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has been recognized by the IRS as a private foundation, exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and a foreign organization.