The Warner Fund, a 501 (c)(3) Private Foundation, was founded in 1998. Our mission is to provide grants for the benefit of “children with disabilities and children in foster care.” These two communities are vastly under served and therefore must look to foundations and private organizations to provide funds. The Warner Fund’s first President, Peter Sherman, worked diligently to establish the Warner Fund as a viable force in the foundation world relevant to children’s disabilities and child welfare. He had a vision for the Warner Fund which we strive to fulfill. Peter sought out exceptional and dedicated people and supported their work. He left a model to strive for. Aided by this legacy, we feel confident that our efforts will continue to meet Peter’s high standards of excellence
While we support organizations of all sizes, we take particular pride in our ability to identify and support small and/or new organizations serving their constituency in exciting and innovative ways. We provide grants for hands on service programs, advocacy and research; any type of program which helps children to achieve their full potential. In the past we have provided Grants to libraries, hospitals, schools, art programs, music therapy projects, dance programs, educational and athletic programs, child care agencies, and to all types of organizations coming within the ambit of our Guidelines. We have supported initiatives regarding “aging out” of foster care and other matters relating to the improvement of the child welfare system. We have provided grants for autism research as well as support for organizations providing educational and recreational services for children with autism and their families.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The process is outlined in our Guidelines.