The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who led the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years and was a highly respected leader in the development of the portland cement industry. 

Since its inception, the Foundation, which is still led by Lester T. Sunderland's descendants, has focused on supporting construction projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other markets traditionally served by the Ash Grove Cement Company.  Grants are awarded in western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, western Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana. 

The Sunderland Foundation makes grants annually to charitable organizations with tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation prefers to make grants for construction and special interest projects rather than for annual operating expenses. 

Grants for planning, design, construction, renovation, repairs and restoration of facilities are considered. Areas of interest include higher education, youth serving agencies, health facilities, community buildings, museums, civic projects and affordable energy efficient housing projects sponsored by qualified tax-exempt organizations. 

The Foundation generally awards grants to larger, well-established nonprofit organizations.  In addition:

  • The Foundation does not award grants for annual operating expenses.
  • The Foundation does not award grants for programs or endowments.
  • The Foundation does not award grants or provide sponsorship for special events.
  • Grants to primary and secondary schools are generally not considered.
  • No grants are made to individuals.
  • No scholarships are available from the foundation.


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Our Board of Trustees

Kent Sunderland - President

Charles Sunderland Secretary & Treasurer

William Sunderland

Thomas Sunderland

Jennifer Mayhew

Leigh Foster

Emery Golson

Michelle Buckner