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Founded in 1985, the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. supports organizations that help the disadvantaged, improves the quality of people’s lives and strengthens communities. Grants are given to organizations based in communities with a significant U.S. Venture presence, as well as impoverished nations.


Funding comes from an endowment and a percent of net profits each year. We have awarded more than $1 million annually. Our associates are encouraged to get involved by serving on the Foundation Board or committees, matching personal donations, or by encouraging their favorite charities to apply for funding support.

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History of the Foundation

Albert and Margaret Schmidt

Art, Ray and Bill Schmidt founded the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. in 1985 to honor the philanthropic legacy of their parents, Albert and Margaret Schmidt. The Foundation supports the local communities in which it operates by providing ongoing assistance to organizations serving the poor and disenfranchised.


Today the Foundation is a hybrid corporate/family foundation, with the board of directors a mix of U.S. Venture associates and descendants of Albert and Margaret’s family. Its mission continues to be based on the values taught by the couple to their eight children: volunteerism, helping those who need a hand up, appreciation for community and the importance of strong families.