The Mary A. Crocker Trust
The Trust was established in 1889 by four children of Mary Crocker, which makes it the oldest family foundation west of the Mississippi. Funds came from her husband, one of four people involved in creating the Pacific Railroad. The Trust funds programs in education and the environment. Education grants support pre-collegiate projects that encourage academic excellence, aid schools in meeting the special demands of the San Francisco Bay area, and provide alternative approaches to traditional education. Environmental grants fund educational and advocacy projects that promote solutions to environmental problems and boost awareness and participation. Of particular interest are sustainable agriculture and forestry, waste management and recycling, water quality, and land use management. The Trust defines the Bay Area as the nine counties surrounding the city of San Francisco – San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Napa. A letter of inquiry/introduction is required prior to submitting a proposal.
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