Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City in the United States is a private foundation with five core areas of interest, and endowed with wealth accumulated by Andrew Mellon of the Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the product of the 1969 merger of the Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation. These foundations had been set up separately by Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon, the children of Andrew Mellon.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
FoundedJune 30, 1969
FounderPaul Mellon
Ailsa Mellon Bruce
FocusHigher education
Museums and art conservation
Performing arts
Key people
Elizabeth Alexander, President
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$331,375,744[1]
Endowment$6.1 billion

The foundation is housed in New York City in the expanded former offices of the Bollingen Foundation, another educational philanthropy supported by Paul Mellon. Poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander is the foundation's president. Her predecessors have included Earl Lewis, Don Randel, William G. Bowen, John Edward Sawyer and Nathan Pusey. In 2004, the foundation was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[2]