The McConnell Foundation is an independent foundation located in Redding, California. We are a broad-based funder and award grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public education, and government agencies located in our giving area — primarily Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties in rural Northern California.  Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible for funding.

Since the Foundation began actively making grants in 1988, it has awarded more than $160 million in the areas of Arts & Culture, Community Vitality, Education, Recreation, Healthy Communities, and Social Services. Current areas of emphasis are Children, Youth & Education; Healthy Communities; Scholarships; and our long-standing NatureBridge at Yosemite program. We began funding internationally in 1999, and now fund in the countries of Nepal and Laos.

Naturebridge at Yosemite

Naturebridge at Yosemite

Formerly known as Yosemite Institute, it is a five-day outdoor environmental education program offered by NatureBridge in partnership with the National Park Service since 1971.

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

The McConnell Scholarship Programs are for first-time freshman or transfer juniors seeking bachelor’s degrees at qualified colleges and universities.

Children, Youth & Education

Children, Youth & Education

The McConnell Foundation has long been committed to increasing opportunities for children and youth of the region.

International

International

The Foundation’s international grantmaking program began in Nepal in 1999. In 2006 the Foundation’s board of directors decided to expand the international program and added the country of Laos.

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