NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Bed Bath and Beyond
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Israel Advocacy, Health & Human Services
OVERVIEW: Leonard Feinstein and his wife Susan move their philanthropy through the Susan & Leonard Feinstein Foundation. The couple's support of the Jewish community centers around the Northeast and Israel. The Feinsteins are major funders of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, now Northwell Health. The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
BACKGROUND: Born in 1937, Leonard Feinstein graduated from Cornell University. Together with his friend Warren Eisenberg, Feinstein started Bed Bath and Beyond in 1971.
FUNDING PROFILE: Leonard and Susan Feinstein fund organizations that work for/in Israel. They've given strong support to American Israel Education Foundation, which supports "select educational programs including Middle East research, educational materials and conferences, and leadership programs for university students." Other grantees have included Friends of ELNET, which "unites Europeans and Israelis who believe that close relations between Europe and Israel...are vital to both;" American Friends of the Israel Museum; Friends of IDF; and American Friends of SHALVA-The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.
The Feinsteins are strong funders of UJA Federation. They've also given millions to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, now called Northwell Health. They established the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research as well as The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neuroscience at the outfit. Health is certainly a high priority of this funder. Human services is another interest. The couple has given grants to places like Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Foundation, which supports Gurwin Jewish Nursing Home, as well as to Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind, Westfield Hadassah, and Bergen County YJCC, among others.
The Feinsteins also have supported The Jewish Museum, where Susan has served as a trustee, and Berkshire Hills Emanuel Camp, an outfit Warren Eisenberg supports too.
LOOKING FORWARD: A recent tax return showed the the foundation held close to $80 million in assets. Expect the couple's steady funding of Jewish causes to continue.
Susan & Leonard Feinstein Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for contact but below is an address: