Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation




Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2016):

Revenue: $239,095
Expenses: $323,050
Assets: $4,317,625


Michael T. Pagano

Executive Director:

Jennifer A. Franz

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The Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation is a grantmaking organization that provides its services to left-leaning non-profits, with an emphasis on non-profits located in the Northeast region of the United States. 1 The Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation issues grants to animal welfare groups and food banks. 2

The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit applicants that provide services in the Northeast, have less than $1,000,000 in assets, possess limited fundraising capabilities, and receive little to no government funding. 3


The Howard E. Stark Foundation was created by Howard E. Stark, a successful entrepreneur and business broker, first in the radio industry and then in television and the media industry more generally. His client list included media giants such as Walt Disney Company, RKO, Metromedia, Knight Ridder, Viacom, Taft Broadcasting, Allbritton Communications, Gannett, and the Tribune Company, among others. 4

Assets and Grantmaking

The fair market value of the Howard E. Stark Foundation assets totals $5,244,607, and the total net value of the foundation is $4,087,775. 5

The organization does not receive grants and produces income solely from dividends and securities it possesses which were left to the foundation by Howard E. Stark. 6

The Foundation has provided grants to a variety of human services nonprofits, and animal adoption and sheltering organizations, including Reaching Out Community Services, Mission of Deeds, and Belchertown Animal Relief Committee. 7


  1. “About” Howard E. Stark Foundation.
  2. “About” Howard E. Stark Foundation.
  3. “Application Guidelines” Howard E. Stark Foundation.
  4. “About” Howard E. Stark Foundation.
  5. “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (2017).” Accessed October 9, 2019, Part II, Lines 16 and 31.
  6. “About” Howard E. Stark Foundation.
  7. “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (2017).” Accessed October 9, 2019, Part XV, Line 3.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: May - April
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2008

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 May Form PF $239,095 $323,050 $4,317,625 $882 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 May Form PF $254,330 $324,682 $4,403,661 $2,963 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 May Form PF $221,838 $305,820 $4,474,801 $3,751 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 May Form PF $186,709 $299,956 $4,557,345 $2,313 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 May Form PF $194,038 $304,651 $4,669,267 $988 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 May Form PF $167,597 $314,302 $4,779,704 $812 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Howard E. Stark Charitable Foundation

    BELCHERTOWN, MA 01007-9364