The Nell Newman Foundation


Nell established the Nell Newman Foundation in November of 2010 with the goal of carrying on her father's legacy of charitable giving, coupled with her passion for the environment. 


As the daughter of Paul Newman I was in essence, raised to be a philanthropist. The Nell Newman Foundation seeks to follow the original mission of my father's philanthropy. To support the small, visionary, and perhaps untested organizations. To fund the underdogs, and unpopular ideas my father and mother originally championed. To relieve human suffering and sustain a resilient economy which will benefit humanity and the ecosystem into the future. These goals necessitate the fostering of experiential learning for our youth, the protection of and restoration of our bioregions.

The Nell Newman Foundation is funded by myself and my mother Joanne Woodward and is independent from the Newman's Own Foundation, or Newman's Own Organics.

“This is what you should do; love the earth, the sun, and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and the crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning god, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown to any man or number of men. Reexamine all you have been told at school, in church, or in any book. Dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

- Walt Whitman

All grants are awarded to organizations which are identified by The Foundation. We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. The grants we do fund are only for charitable, tax-exempt organizations.

The Nell Newman Foundation awards grants in ten core program areas: environment, education, arts & culture, spiritual, scientific, human services, emergency relief, animal welfare, and international affairs. The Foundation funds organizations working in the areas identified above based on specific goals and strategies outlined by the programs.


The Nell Newman Foundation is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) and is classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is wholly independent of Newman’s Own Organics, the Second Generation, Newman’s Own, Inc, and the Paul Newman Charitable Foundation.





PO Box 3263 • Santa Cruz, CA  95063 • (831) 316-4574 •