About Us

The Woodcock Foundation supports community development especially when there is an opportunity to improve the educational, economic and environmental circumstances of communities in need. Particular attention is given to programs that encourage and reward leadership, foster entrepreneurship and enhance the quality of life.

The Woodcock Foundation is a progressive family foundation established to link family creativity and resources with community development needs. Trustees select areas of interest, identify individuals within those areas who possess strong leadership skills, and then invest in them with both financial as well as technical resources. Since 1996, Woodcock has awarded over $80 million (at present over $3.5 million per year) to over 100 organizations and enterprises, primarily in the areas of social enterprise & economic development, food systems, conservation and biodiversity, democracy & media, gender equality, and civil society more broadly.

Guiding Principles

  • Support constructive systemic change to improve society and the quality of life, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Support unusually able, innovative individuals who can contribute to such change
  • Seek to take advantage of probable change and to influence it in constructive ways
  • Be alert to special situations where the family has particular interest, knowledge or access to exceptional skill

Board of Trustees

  • Lindsay Shea
  • Olga Merck Davidson
  • Stuart P. Davidson
  • Jeremy Guth
  • Winthrop Rutherfurd, Jr., Esq.
  • Margot Brandenburg


  • Polly Guth


  • Melissa Milich, Esq.


  • Stacey Faella, Executive Director
  • Kavi Waddell, Program Manager
  • Nicholas Tran, Grants & Administrative Associate