History

The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 in Los Angeles by William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company. Mr. Keck envisioned a philanthropic institution that would provide far-reaching benefits for humanity. By taking a bold, creative approach to grantmaking, he created a legacy that the Foundation proudly upholds today. Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research has been and continues to be our mandate. In the area of education, we support undergraduate programs that promote inventive approaches to instruction and effective involvement of students in research. In Southern California, we support organizations that enrich the lives of our region’s residents particularly children, youth and their families.

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