The W. M. Keck Foundation strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. It encourages projects that are high-risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High-risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. The Foundation supports outstanding science, engineering and medical research, undergraduate education; and in Southern California, arts and culture, education, health and community service projects that will have a significant impact in addressing complex issues and problems.
Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been the foundation mandate from the beginning. Research program supports projects in two areas 1) Medical Research and 2) Science and Engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field.
Southern California Program
The Southern California Program seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. Special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low income families and special needs populations.
From time to time the Keck Foundation invites major grants that have the potential for high impact on a field or a region. Special projects are exclusively initiated by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
The Foundation does not make grants to institutions outside of the United States or to Individuals.