Active Grants and 990-PF

The Clowes Fund is committed to providing information on our grantmaking activities in a clear and timely manner. Since its inception, the Fund is pleased to have awarded nearly $123 million since its founding in 1952.


In 2018, The Clowes Fund distributed nearly $3 million in total grantmaking, including nearly $2 million to 77 qualified charitable organizations in six states through its competitive grant cycle. Click here to review the list of grants paid in 2018.


In 2019, The Clowes Fund awarded more than $1.8 million in new competitive grants, including multi-year commitments. Click here to see a list of newly awarded grants.


Click here to access the Fund’s most recently filed IRS Form 990-PF for FY 2017.

Private foundations are required by the IRS to distribute at least 5% of their asset value each year, which is a simplified statement of a complicated regulation and calculation called the Minimum Investment Return (MIR). For most of the past 20 years, The Clowes Fund could have met its MIR distribution solely by transferring ownership of its collection of European Old Masters since the year 2000 to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Nevertheless, the Fund has continued its cash grantmaking at MIR-level.

The Clowes Collection and our many grantees reflect the true value of The Clowes Fund beyond any tally of its assets.