"If the time should come when political figures and all the rest of us sprout angel wings, there will still be different views on the proper whiteness and fluffiness of the wings, as well as flaps over their flapping, speed and altitude. And there will still be something funny about a halo that's worn slightly askew." —Herb Block

herb-block_0.jpgWhen Herb Block died in October 2001, he left $50 million with instructions to create a foundation to encourage the art of editorial cartooning and to support charitable and educational programs that help promote and support the causes he championed during his 72 years of cartooning. The Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged. In addition, the Foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities through scholarships, and to promote editorial cartooning through continuing research.

In keeping with its mission, the Foundation awards grants in three categories: Defending Basic Freedoms, Pathways out of Poverty, and Encouraging Citizen Involvement. In addition, the Foundation awards scholarships based on financial need to individuals seeking to attend community colleges in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.