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