May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust


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Since 1989, the May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust has funded efforts to help individuals achieve dignity, agency, and self-sufficiency. Today, the Trust's grantmaking supports:

  • Woman with a disability smiling and touching noses with her service dog

    The Trust envisions a society where adults and transitioning youth with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities maximize their ability to live independently; secure employment; and engage in an inclusive community.

  • Young smiling female caregiver assisting smiling female senior

    The Trust envisions a society where older adults are visible and valued, and receive the assistance they need to lead a dignified and engaged life.

  • Woman holding smiling laughing baby

    The Trust envisions a society where foster youth have the personal support, resources, skills, and knowledge they need to become healthy, self-sufficient, resilient, and successful adults.

  • Team of military veterans providing disaster relief

    The Trust envisions a society where veterans and military families achieve economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and wellbeing.

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About the Trust

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.

Generous and unassuming in their personal giving, the Smiths were an extremely private couple who preferred staying out of the spotlight and actively discouraged public recognition and attention.

Today, the trustees of the Smith foundations honor and sustain the values evident in the Smiths’ lives and personal philanthropy, including humility and a belief in the dignity and potential of every individual.

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Stanley Smith

“A man who succeeds in world commerce as I have is no fool and above all he pretty soon learns that his wealth is something lent to him during his life; he can’t take it with him! It’s no virtue then to give it away.”

Stanley Smith

Welcome Grantseekers

The Trust considers unsolicited LOIs from eligible and strongly-aligned organizations working to support the Trust's focus populations.

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Welcome Current Grantees

The Trust is honored to support the work of its grantees, and is interested in learning through its grantees’ successes as well as their challenges.

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