Sunderland Foundation

Sunderland Foundation

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  Sunderland Foundation

The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years and was a highly respected leader in the cement industry. For more than six decades, the Foundation - which is still managed by Lester T. Sunderland's descendants - has focused on supporting brick and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas where the Ash Grove Cement Company does business.

Grants for building 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 low maintenance, energy efficient housing projects sponsored by qualified tax-exempt organizations.

Lester T. Sunderland was born October 24, 1867 in Vinton, Iowa. In 1887, he joined his older brother, James, at the Sunderland Brothers Company selling coal and building materials in Omaha, Neb. In 1909, Sunderland became the vice president and general manager of Ash Grove Lime and Portland Cement Company in Kansas City. He became president in 1913 and served in that position until 1946.

"About the Foundation" and "History" www.sunderlandfoundation.org