• About Us


    Established in 1992, the Remmer Family Foundation, Inc. is a private charitable foundation committed to making grants to qualifying 501©3 tax-exempt organizations that are aligned with our mission. The Foundation has concentrated on applications from organizations located in Jacksonville, Florida since 2000 and occasionally accepts those that are national in scope (e.g. research or advocacy). The mission of the Foundation was recently revised to include a broader range of family members in a shared agenda of grant making. As grantmaking guidelines consistent with the new mission are developed and implemented, the Remmer Family Foundation philanthropy will broaden both its geographic and topical scope.


    The Remmer Family Foundation is committed to strategically provide opportunities to make a difference in communities, regionally and globally.

    With compassion and integrity we are focused on achieving these goals:

    • Reduce poverty for women and youth by helping disadvantaged adolescent and pre-adolescent girls take ownership of their lives. Create a level playing field through innovative programs in education, training and support.
    • Encourage environmental stewardship with a focus on improving the sustainability of the world’s fisheries.
  • Who We Are

    Anne Remmer Cole, Ellen Remmer, and Susan Remmer Ryzewic give their time, and philanthropic support, providing leadership and advisory guidance to the Foundation.

    Anne Remmer Cole


    Anne Remmer Cole has devoted her career to education and teaching. She is a reading specialist at Montana State University Billings where she teaches and helps run the Academic Support Center. Before that, she spent eight years as the Executive Director for the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools where she worked diligently to encourage excellence in education, and she taught elementary school for many years. As Chair of EHR Investments, she helped guide her family’s business. Actively involved in making her community a better place, she has served on a variety of boards.


    Currently she is a Director of Interfaith Hospitality Network and President of Cottonwood Park Foundation. She has also served on the Women’s Foundation of Montana, YWCA, and the Mathile Family Foundation. An avid tennis player and gardener, she lives in Billings, Montana, with her husband Bill.

    Ellen Remmer


    In addition to serving as a Director of the Remmer Family Foundation, Ellen is a Senior Partner at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a nonprofit working to increase the impact of philanthropy in society through the promotion of strategic philanthropy and a consulting practice which helps family, foundation and corporate donors move up the philanthropic curve.

    Ellen is a member of the Oxfam Leadership Council, on the Board of Directors of Associated Grantmakers and the Board of Visitors of Indiana University’s School on Philanthropy where she chairs the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Leadership Council. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and lives in Boston, MA.

    Susan Remmer Ryzewic


    Susan Remmer Ryzewic, Ph.D. is a dynamic and recognized leader and an analytical, intuitive, and compassionate problem solver, who is respected in her family, her community, and in business and philanthropic communities. Susan is committed to providing guidance to family enterprise leaders, next generation successors, individuals and organizations to help them address and navigate challenging situations, transitions and organizational changes. She actively embraces life, working and playing hard while striving for meaning and excellence and is persistent in the face of adversity.

  • Programs and Guidelines

    2015 Grantmaking Programs and Guidelines




    The Remmer Family Foundation funds new and existing programs which strengthen girls’ self-esteem, confidence and capability, helping them make good choices in their lives.

    We look for programs with the following qualities:

    • Builds on girls’ strengths, preventing barriers that limit their opportunities.
    • Focuses on girls, ages 9 to 15.
    • Addresses girls’ needs in the context of their family and their community.
    • Challenges girls, promotes leadership skills and capability, enabling them to experience the satisfaction of their achievements.
    • Demonstrates awareness of and commitment to diversity (class, race, culture).




    The Remmer Family Foundation encourages environmental stewardship with a focus on improving the sustainability of the world’s fisheries. Environmental Stewardship grants range from $5,000 – $20,000 and are 1 year grants.

    We look for programs with the following qualities:

    • Organizations that engage and educate communities around the protection and management of threatened fisheries
    • Opportunity to make a measurable difference within five years
    • Strong Leadership

    Multi-year awards will be subject to a thorough annual review of the grantee’s demonstrated performance. For 3 year grants, the 3rd year is typically a challenge grant, requiring the organization to raise 50% of the needed funds from an alternative source.

    Application Procedure

    The Remmer Family Foundation focuses grantmaking in the Jacksonville, Florida area and we review grant applications and award grants twice yearly. Proposals are by invitation only.


    If you have been invited by the Foundation to submit a proposal, you will have received information on how to apply. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.


    To assure that your application is complete, it is important to review the application requirements prior to developing the proposal.


    The application includes the following areas:

    • Mission, Goals, and History of the Organization.
    • Rationale/Need addressed in the proposal.
    • Objectives of proposal and demonstration of approach for reaching the objectives.
    • Implementation plan and timeline.
    • Success indicators, and approach for evaluating/assessing success.
    • Organization and project budgets.
    • Other possible sources of funding.
    • Financial statements.

    Grant Recipient Reporting Requirements

    Grant recipients are required to submit bi-annual reports on January 15 and July 15.


    This report, to be five pages only, needs to include the following information:
    progress made in achieving the goals outlined in the proposal, challenges faced in achieving the goals, a work plan for the future, major changes in goals or work plans, and accounting for the grant money spent. The report should be submitted via Foundation Source.


    Please contact Michelle Harrison, mharrison@ballentinepartners.com, for the link to submit the report.

  • Investments and Grantmaking

    First Coast Girls Initiative

    The Remmer Family Foundation co-founded and continues to support the First Coast Girls Initiative, FCGI, which provides education and support to organizations who work with girls.

    Below is a list of grant recipients since 2011

    Grant Activity

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