Open source software is always good news, and there is information about The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which made this possible:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation
under the laws of the State of New York, was formed on June 30, 1969, through
the consolidation of two existing foundations—Avalon Foundation and Old
The Avalon Foundation had been established in 1940 by Ailsa Mellon Bruce,
daughter of Andrew W. Mellon. The Old Dominion Foundation had been
established in 1941 by Paul Mellon, son of Andrew W. Mellon. When the two
foundations were consolidated, the Foundation was renamed The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation to honor their father.
At the end of 1969, the assets of the Foundation totaled $220 million. By the
end of 2005, assets totaled $5.6 billion, with annual grantmaking
appropriations of approximately $210 million.