The F. M. Kirby Foundation is a family foundation. Its grantees are largely in geographic areas of particular interest to five generations of Kirby family members and, in many cases, are organizations with which family members have been associated. Successful new applicants tend to be organizations already well known to one or more of the directors of the Foundation, and/or other members of the family.
Foundation grants are made to a wide range of nonprofit organizations in education, health and medicine, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, as well as religious, welfare and youth organizations. Churches, hospitals, schools and colleges, other than those attended or used by members of the family, are unlikely to receive support.
Community service organizations, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, volunteer service programs, youth and other local organizations outside geographic areas of particular interest are likewise unlikely to receive grants.
The Foundation supports a number of national medical research and service organizations and public policy organizations espousing the Foundation’s fundamental beliefs.