The mission of the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation is to benefit mankind through the practice of responsible philanthropy, and to inspire, educate, engage and unify the descendants of Tom and Virginia Cabot in that worthy cause.

Established by Thomas D. Cabot and his wife Virginia Wellington Cabot in 1992 as an important tool for teaching future generations to be effective and innovative givers, the foundation’s primary purpose is to foster family-wide philanthropy.


The Foundation has established a giving policy guided as much by the degree of personal, volunteer commitment as by subject matter. Beneficiaries of the Foundation typically consist of organizations known to and sponsored by the descendants of Tom and Virginia Cabot. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. For additional information, please review the VWCF-Grant-Making-Guidelines.


All grant requests are by invitation only, and must be sponsored by a family member to be accepted.

  • The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
  • No grants promoting any particular religion or political party are allowed.


  • Culture and Humanities
  • Education and Youth
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Health and Human Services

Upcoming Meetings & Deadlines

January 19, 2024: Trustees’ Business Meeting (non-grant making)

May 18, 2024: Jimmie Grants Meeting
Deadline for submissions: March 8, 2024

July 26, 2024: Trustees’ Business Meeting (non-grant making)

November 23, 2024: Discretionary Grants Meeting
Deadline for submissions: September 6, 2024

The trustees of the Foundation make the final decision on all proposals, and operate on a spring (May) and fall (November) grant application review schedule.


Applications to the Foundation must be sponsored by family members. Family members may sponsor three different types of grant awards:

  • Matching Grants
  • Jimmie Grants
  • Discretionary Grants