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The Scaife Foundations refer collectively to three foundations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The three subdivisions are: the Allegheny Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Scaife Family Foundation. A fourth foundation, the Carthage Foundation, was folded into the Sarah Scaife Foundation in 2014.
Richard Mellon Scaife endowed the foundation and served as the chairman. It makes grants to historical, educational, political, and pro- and anti-environmental organizations, especially those located in or serving Western Pennsylvania. From 1985 to 2006 the foundation awarded over $36 million to other organizations.
In 2007, the Allegheny Foundation made grants of $3,195,500 to 45 organizations. The five organizations receiving the largest grants were:
- Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, $440,000
- Loyalhanna Watershed Association, $275,000
- Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, $262,000
- Imani Christian Academy, $250,000
- Extra Mile Education Foundation, $250,000
The 2007 annual report also noted that, at the end of that year, the foundation had nearly $55 million in cash and common stocks.
Sarah Scaife Foundation
The Sarah Scaife Foundation does not award grants to individuals. It concentrates its efforts towards politically conservative causes focused on public policy at a national and international level. From 1985 to 2003 the organization awarded over $235 million to other organizations.
Prior to its 2014 merger, like the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Carthage Foundation did not award grants to individuals. It concentrated its efforts towards causes focused on public policy at a national and international level. From 1985 to 2003 the organization awarded over $68 million to other organizations.
Scaife Family Foundation
The Scaife Family Foundation concentrates its efforts towards causes focused on families, women, children, and animal welfare. From 1985 to 2001 the organization awarded over $77 million to other organizations.
A 2013 Smithsonian Magazine article listed the Foundation as among the largest contributors to the climate change counter-movement from 2003 to 2010.
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- "Sarah Scaife Foundation Annual Report" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Stewart, James B. (13 June 2012). "How Broccoli Landed on Supreme Court Menu". The New York Times.
- Schultz, Colin (23 December 2013). "Meet the Money Behind the Climate Denial Movement". Smithsonian. Retrieved 10 June 2019.