The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation was founded in 1987 by Mrs. Dorothy O’Neill and her eldest son, William J. O’Neill, Jr.
Mr. William J. O’Neill was born in 1906 to Irish and German immigrant parents, the youngest of four children. Mrs. Dorothy O’Neill was born in 1910 to Hungarian and German parents, the youngest of nine children. Both were raised in Cleveland, Ohio in the Catholic family tradition. Mr. O’Neill, who was noted for his philanthropy, died in 1983. Mrs. O’Neill died in 1998, and is now survived by six children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, many of whom play active roles in the foundation.
The foundation’s philosophy is rooted in the shared values, sentiments, and beliefs of members of the O’Neill family. The foundation maximizes all of its resources and deploys them under well thought-out strategies, developed in partnership with others, in important areas of large beneficial impact.
The O’Neill Foundation serves communities where O’Neill family members live and are engaged in the work of the Foundation. In 2018, this includes: Washington, DC; Orlando, Florida; Hawaii’s Big Island; New York City; Annapolis/Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland; Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and areas of Vermont.
Program Information: Through a responsive grantmaking agenda, the O’Neill Foundation funds programs that address primary and behavioral health for the whole family, from prenatal through elder care and support.
Total Assets: $113,805,014 million FY17
Amount Dedicated to Health-Related Programs and Grants: $770,000
- Special Initiatives and/or Representative Health and Human Services GrantsWest Hawaii Community Health Center—for engaging low-income families in healthy lifestyles involving healthy nutrition and physical activity. ($43,000)Care Alliance Health Center—for its Maternal and Infant Health Program. ($35,000)Charm City Care Connection (CCC)—to expand CCC’s Clinic Model at Dee’s Place. ($20,000)
Children’s Health Fund—for its Prenatal and Well Baby Group Care Program. ($40,000)
The Floating Hospital—for The Floating Hospital’s Mental Health Program for Families. ($30,000)
Union Settlement Association, Inc.—for the Union Settlement Early Childhood Mental Health Program. ($30,000)
Strategic Changes in Grantmaking Direction
“We are excited to launch our new strategic Deep Impact Grantmaking (DIG) Program in 2018. We will use the Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s 2-Gen framework to support organizations and communities committed to two-generation or ‘2Gen’ approaches that aim to disrupt the cycle of multigenerational family poverty. This work presents an opportunity for us to establish long-term partnerships with organizations committed to tracking 2Gen outcomes in the areas of health and well-being (along with educational success). We are optimistic that such investments will sharpen our foundation’s ‘whole-family’ focus, help advance 2Gen practice and learnings in our target communities and, ultimately, contribute to better outcomes for families.”
–Leslie Perkul, President and CEO