The Ottinger Foundation provides financial support to left-of-center groups focused on environmental, labor, and social justice issues.
The Ottinger Foundation achieved tax-exempt status in 1946.  The group no longer maintains a website, but as of 2012 the Foundation stated that it funded organizations that promoted change via innovation and citizen activism. Ottinger ceased accepting unsolicited grant proposals in 2004 and from then on only invited specific groups to submit proposals. 
All of the group’s funding comes from the sale of assets or interest and dividends on assets. 
The Foundation has historically support left-of-center organizations, supporting labor, environmental, and social justice groups.  In 2017 the organization supported six groups, including the Tides Foundation, the Working America Foundation, and Equal Justice Works. 
All 12 members of the board are identified as directors and none receive any payment for their work with the Foundation. Several members of the Ottinger family are board members.