About Us

About Us

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1984 by William A. and Claire T. Dart. Founded in Mason, Michigan, the Dart Foundation continues to be headquartered there. Because of this, the mid-Michigan area has long been a focal point of Dart Foundation philanthropy. In addition, grants are made in Sarasota, FL and the communities which serve as homes to Dart Container Corporation's production facilities and sales headquarters. A select number of national and international grants are proactively solicited as well.

Our Mission

The mission of the Dart Foundation is to advance and encourage youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We also support projects that strengthen and improve the quality of life in numerous identified communities.

Our Directors & Officers

Dart Foundation Directors and Officers are Claire Dart, Ken Dart, Robert Dart, Ariane Dart, and James Lammers.

Our Staff

Emily Matthews

As Manager of the Dart Foundation, Emily L. Matthews oversees all of the charitable work of the Foundation in mid-Michigan, Sarasota and in approximately thirty domestic and international communities. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. Emily most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Capital Region Community Foundation where she provided leadership and direction for the administrative aspects of the Community Foundation’s programs and activities. As a licensed attorney, Emily previously worked at Delta Dental Plan of Michigan as Associate General Counsel and served as a partner of the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith.

Leanne Richard

Leanne Richard serves as Program Associate for the Dart Foundation. In this capacity, Leanne researches and reviews grant applications in the Dart Giving Communities. Leanne provides technical expertise on the Foundation’s grant management system and otherwise provides support to the Foundation Manager, Community Giving Committees and Grantees. Leanne joined the Dart Foundation in October 2012, and prior thereto, she spent seven years in the Dart Container Corporation Legal Department.

Traci Goulding

Traci Goulding serves as Program Associate for the Dart Foundation, joining the organization in 2016. In this capacity, Traci researches and reviews grant applications in the Dart Giving Communities. She also provides support to the Foundation Manager, Community Giving Committees and Grantees. Traci’s prior experience includes working for the Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Capital Region Community Foundation, and the Michigan Department of Community Health.