Gruber Family Foundation


The Gruber Family Foundation was established in 1987 by Linda W. and Jon D. Gruber. It began as a small philanthropic entity that has grown, over the years, into a larger family foundation.

The Grubers initially created the foundation because of their commitment to helping the disadvantaged. Over time the focus has broadened to include support of progressive and investigative journalism, education, the arts and women’s issues in addition to social safety net programs.

The foundation makes grants ranging in size from smaller $10,000 grants to $1,000,000+ grants spread over some years. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals; the foundation board meets quarterly to discuss the awarding of grants and grants are awarded on a quarterly timetable.

Leadership & Board.

Linda Wyatt Gruber President

Linda Wyatt Gruber Linda W. Gruber is the president of the Gruber Family Foundation, established in 1987. The foundation funds in the areas of women issues, human rights, the arts, progressive journalism and education. She also currently serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Prior to this she has worked as a consultant, taught at San Francisco State University and worked for the U.S. Department of Labor. She began her career in the Lyndon Johnson White House. She is a graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Jon D. Gruber; they have two grown children and six grandchildren.

Lindsay Gruber Dunham Vice President

Lindsay Dunham Prior to working at her family’s foundation, Lindsay was a high school teacher who taught English and American History at the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. She now serves on the board of the Young Women’s Leadership Network; YWLN is a leader in the nation’s school reform movement and works to create single-gender, college preparatory public schools. Before she entered the world of education, she worked in public relations for cultural institutions and prior to that in the art world at Christie’s auction house. Lindsay received her BA from University of Pennsylania, her MSW from Columbia University and her Masters in Education from Bank Street College. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Julie Parker Benello Board Member

Julie is the co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non profit organization that matches money and mentorship to support women filmakers dedicated to using their storytelling skills to address the global justice issues of our time. Prior to Chicken & Egg Pictures, she co-produced the Sundance award-winning 2X Emmy nominated, HBO documentary Blue Vinyl and was also the producer of the 1999 PBS documentary Prostrate Cancer: A Journey of Hope. Before producing those films, she was a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and before that worked as a Researcher for Walter Cronkite’s documentary series Cronkite Remembers. Prior to her career in filmmaking and production, she worked for the Population Council in Dakar, Senegal and later worked with the NGO Forum that coordinated the 1994 United Nations Population and Development Conference in Cairo, Egypt. Julie graduated from Barnard College and currently serves on the board of The Global Fund for Women. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and daughters.

Matthew E. Bershadker Board Member

Matthew Bershadker is the President and CEO of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). He has been with the ASPCA for 11 years. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Matt worked for ICF Consulting, Share our Strength (SOS) and the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) in Washington DC. He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. He lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife and two children.

Marylou Dodge Board Member

Marylou has practiced for 22 years as a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in child and family treatment. She worked as clinical supervisor at a therapeutic school for behaviorially disturbed adolescents in New Jersey for many years. Most recently she was a consulting therapist for the Seton Hall Law School program (NJ LEEP), a program which prepares Newark, NJ high school students for a college education. Prior to that she was an editor at Conde Nast magazines, focusing on women’s health issues. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her MSW from Columbia University. She raised her daughter in Montclair, NJ and now lives in Massachusetts, near her daughter, son-in-law and grandson.