Who We Are
The mission of The Sills Family Foundation is to help children from poor families live up to their highest promise. We do this by giving grants to organizations that work on the front lines of supporting:
- Comprehensive Services to Families in Crisis with a special focus on children of incarcerated mothers.
- Early and Elementary Childhood Education with family supports such as health care and parent education.
- Environmental Justice with a concentration on reducing contaminants that harm babies and fetuses.
- Community based Arts and Culture programs that support social justice ideals
Nathaniel Sills, born at the turn of the last century, embodied an ideal of his generation. The oldest son of immigrants from Eastern Europe, his own father died when he was 13, leaving him the"man of the family" with five siblings to care for. He made his way through several high schools and pool halls in his native Brooklyn, N.Y. before winning a baseball scholarship to Colby College. He completed law school and married Ruth Fife, daughter of Elias Fife, founder of Standard Motor Products. Nat Sills worked at the helm of Standard until the day he died at age 93. A deeply committed worker and family man, he chose to use his estate to better the lives of others.
Nat Sills instilled a strong sense of social responsibility in his descendants, several of whom manage the foundation and are social workers, teachers and environmentalists in our professional lives. We share a belief in the value of supporting families and children to achieve their highest potential. We feel that in working together as a family-run foundation, we can best hope to make an impact.
Board of Directors
The Sills Family Foundation is governed by a board of three family members who visit all the programs we fund.
- Arthur Sills
- Peter Sills
- Deborah Sills Iarussi
Annual Reports2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report