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About the Founder


Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), the industrialist, conservationist, farmer, garden designer, engineer, and philanthropist, was the great-grandson of Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, who arrived from France in 1800 and founded the DuPont Company in 1802. 


Pierre formed the Welfare Foundation in 1930 with a stated mission of promoting the social welfare of people and communities in Delaware and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania and assisting other private or public charitable, educational, scientific organizations, and government agencies in promoting the same purpose.


Thanks to the performance of its invested assets, the Foundation has made grants to nonprofits totaling approximately a billion dollars over its greater than 90-year history.


To learn more about Welfare Foundation's focus areas, please visit the Areas of Giving page.

Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954)

Photo Credit: Hagley Museum and Library

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