The Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation was established in 1943 as a private, family foundation. After more than 75 years of providing support for organizations working on a range of issues, the Foundation began the process of a ten-year spend down in 2019.

New grantmaking is now focused on two programs: Defending and Strengthening Democracy and Climate and Environmental Justice.

At this time, the Foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals.