In 1952, Dr. Garland D. Murphy Jr. gave to The American Legion a large contribution that would benefit children. The Legion and Murphy entered into a trust agreement that established the Child Welfare Foundation, approved by the National Executive Committee on Oct. 15, 1953. We accept proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects which meet one of the Foundation's two basic purposes:

To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and

To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.


Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. They are never awarded directly or indirectly to an individual for his or her personal use.

Grants are not made for any of the normal, day-to-day operating expenses of the grantee or special operating expenses connected with the grant.

Grants will not be given for construction of any type.

Grants will not be given to match government funds.

Our grants are not to defray school expenses for master or doctrinal candidate to perform research for degree requirements.

Grants are not awarded for projects that seek to create or reproduce materials or medium in a language other than English.

Grants are never given for personnel expenses, i.e. salaries, insurance, fringe benefits, or for the purpose of coordinating seminars or training programs. Specifically, grants are not made to cover lodging, travel nor food expenses, registration fees or per diem expenses.

Grants are not given to purchase equipment for the purpose of conducting research, seminars or to add to the existing equipment of an agency or organization.

Grants are never made to pay salaries or fees for consultants, secretaries or other clerical type help.

Grants are not given to cover such costs as storage, computer time, telephone, analysis or the cost of office space rental.


The Foundations grants are awarded for one year. All grants must be completed between the period of January 1 - December 31 of the award year.




Jason R. Kees

Executive Secretary

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation

PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206

(317) 630-1202