Mary Freeman Wisdom created the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation as a charitable trust. It operates under a trust agreement and, by the terms of the trust, is limited to granting financial assistance to educational, cultural, civic, philanthropic and charitable organizations. Petitioning organizations must be exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental agency. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals for any purpose. We give primary consideration to those organizations whose operations are conducted in the Greater New Orleans area. The Foundation does not purchase tickets nor does it participate in fundraising events such as galas, etc.
Please note that the board does not entertain in-person presentations as its meetings. Your proposal must speak for itself. Every proposal considered by the board is assigned a board member to be the go-between and provide a preliminary recommendation. In some cases, this board member may contact the grant applicant with questions or a request for a site visit.
The Foundation accepts only online applications, through this website. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 1.