Frequently Asked Questions

Who were Mr. and Mrs. Berger?
Mr. and Mrs. Berger started their lives together humbly in Santa Barbara, California. From a simple, middle-class beginning, together they built a real estate and banking empire. It was their desire, however, to share their wealth with the less fortunate, particularly those people looking for a “hand up.” Their philanthropy has subsequently helped millions of people throughout the world.

When was the Berger Foundation established?
In 1961, Mr. and Mrs. Berger established the private family foundation with a mission to “help people help themselves.”

To what types of charitable organizations does the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation typically contribute?
The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation continues to look for nonprofit (registered 501c3) organizations that honor the core values established by Mr. and Mrs. Berger. The founders were particularly interested in programs that benefited youth education, health and social services. In keeping with that tradition, the Berger Foundation often awards financial and real estate support for scholarships, college buildings and hospitals, medical research and other social service programs. Organizations and programs that “help people help themselves” are of particular interest to the Board of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. Believing that partnerships strengthen and enhance communities, the Foundation encourages collaboration among agencies whenever possible.

Can other people, businesses or organizations contribute to the Foundation?

Where is the Foundation based?
The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation office is located in Palm Desert, California.

Does the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation accept unsolicited grant requests?
No. At this time, the only grant requests that the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation will consider are those requested by Foundation Trustees or staff.

Once a grant is made, what are the reporting requirements for the recipient agency?
When a grant is awarded, the Foundation specifies the requirements in the award agreement as a condition of receiving funds. Every grant and agency is unique and so are the reporting requirements. The primary purpose of the reports requested is to substantiate how agencies are serving clients and the benefits of programs, so that Foundation directors and staff can assess if the objectives of the grant request are being met. Typically, reports are based on 6 month increments following the funding of the grant, with a final report due upon completion of the program goals.