The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Established in 1936 by Grace A. Dow in memory of her husband, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has charter goals to improve the educational, religious, economic, and cultural lives of the inhabitants of the city of Midland and of the people of the state of Michigan.
Grace A. Dow Portrait
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Visionary Philosophy

Grants are limited to organizations located in Michigan. The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation Trustees carefully consider proposals submitted and look for programs where their contribution can be leveraged. Organizations requesting funding for a new program should be sure that they have planned for that program’s future self-sufficiency.


Since being established in 1899, as a home for Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow and family, the 110-acre Dow Gardens now welcomes more than 300,000 guests per year. Visitors are invited to leave the pathway and explore the uniquely-designed landscape, take a tour of the historic Pines Home, participate in one of many hands-on educational programs, stroll the nation’s longest canopy walk, and discover beautiful art and music in a relaxed setting.


The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation announced that its board of trustees named Macauley Whiting Jr. as President Emeritus and elected Ruth A. Doan as President.

Midland, Mich., June 28, 2019 

portraits of Macauley Whiting Jr. and Ruth A. Doan
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