Our Mission

We ask all Durfee Fellowship applicants, “Why do you do what you do?”

Here’s our answer to that question, in the form of our mission statement.

Mission Statement

The Durfee Foundation is a family foundation that seeks to adhere to the values of our founders, Dorothy Durfee Avery and R. Stanton Avery, by rewarding individual initiative and leadership.
The majority of our grantmaking focuses on the Los Angeles region, where the foundation’s history lies, and where funding needs are great.
We build partnerships with individuals and institutions that share our ideals of creativity, risk-taking, fiscal care, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and continuous learning.
We seek to build community in unexpected ways.
We make grants where our dollars will have the greatest impact. We hope that Durfee funds provide leverage for other opportunities.
Durfee is a patient grantmaker. We are willing to make grants where the outcome may be hard to measure or not measurable for many years.
Above all, Durfee’s focus is on extraordinary people who are making
a better Los Angeles.