About the Flinn Foundation

Founders of the Flinn Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. FlinnThe Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

During their lifetimes, the Foundation promoted technology-driven medical care programs and recruited top physician specialists to Arizona. Through the Foundation they supported the emergence of Arizona’s medical school and awarded scholarships to help students prepare for careers in the health professions.

Dr. and Mrs. Flinn’s grantmaking initially focused on advancing medical education and biomedical research, and later broadened to support efforts in community healthcare and studies of health-policy issues.

In the mid-1980s, the Foundation expanded its focus to include programs beyond healthcare, including the Flinn Scholars Program and the arts.

In 2001, after an exhaustive review of Arizona’s healthcare needs, the Foundation board and staff decided to narrow its grant making focus in this field, in order to have a greater impact in one key area: the advancement of the biosciences in Arizona.

The Foundation also serves as the administrator of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, an initiative it co-sponsors with the Thomas R. Brown Foundations.

In addition, to advance shared goals, the Foundation often convenes leaders in workshops and educational forums. These conferences take place in the two fully equipped meeting rooms in the Flinn Foundation Educational Conference Center. When not being used by the Foundation, these facilities are available at no cost to Arizona’s nonprofit organizations serving the fields of the biosciences, healthcare, education, the arts, and civic leadership.