October 20, 2014 Announcement:

Unsolicited Applications Not Being Accepted Until after Strategic Program Review

The Foundation is conducting a strategic review of its giving programs and assessing the needs of the field and how it can best serve vulnerable children.  The Foundation will always serve the needs of vulnerable children but may, as a result of the planning process, focus its funding on program areas of particular and specific need.

Therefore, we request that all prospective grant applications refrain from sending Letters of Inquiry until after we have completed our review and have published new program guidelines.  We expect that will be in early 2015.  Thank you.


Welcome to the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation Home Page.

For more than 30 years, the Foundation has funded carefully selected grant requests that assist vulnerable children in the United States and across the globe.

Mrs. Ross, "Dotsie", formed her Foundation in 1977, as a means of fulfilling her life long compassion for the world's suffering children. Though she passed away in 2000, we continue her mission to support organizations that serve vulnerable children.

Enjoy exploring our website and learn more about Dotsie and the work of the Foundation, including photographs and news from project site visits. There are also Links to other related sites and topics that may be of interest to you. Learn how you can help by becoming part of the projects we support.

Grant seekers are encouraged to review our Guidelines and Funding Priorities.

We trust you will enjoy getting to know us.

Thank you for your interest.


Foundation Executive Transition 

The Board of the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation announces the retirement of Dr. Wayne Cook after over 35 years stewarding the Foundation's programs.  Dr. Cook has been a valued colleague and has helped innumberable Ross Foundation grantees further their important work.  We would also like to recognize the many contributions made by Julie Byassee to the foundation's work.  Ms. Byassee, who has ably assisted Dr. Cook for over 15 years, will be leaving the foundation at the end of the year.  The efforts of Wayne and Julie have benefited countless children in need over the years, and the Trustees wish them well in their future endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Ken Goody has joined us as Foundation Executive, and will assume responsibility for the Foundation's grantmaking program at the end of the year.  Ken began his career at the Rockefeller Foundation and brings 30 years of experience in grantmaking and related work in the philanthropic sector.  Ken has also written numerous strategic development plans for nonprofit organizations, and we welcome his experience in building healthy and sustainable grantees and his passion for social justice.





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