An Arts and Culture Focus: How Elihu and Susan Rose Do Their Philanthropy

Elihu Rose is a partner of Rose Associates of a real-estate investment and management firm in New York City. Rose graduated from Horace Mann School and from Yale University, and also served in the Air Force. In addition to his real estate work, in 1978 Rose received his PhD in international relations from NYU and has engaged in a parallel career as a teacher of military history. Rose has taught at Yale, Columbia, the University of Maryland, and is presently adjunct associate professor at New York University. He's also lectured at several other institutions, including the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

This rich background has resulted in some interesting philanthropy, and Rose and his wife, Susan, established the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation in 1988. The foundation makes a number of grants in New York City, with arts and culture being a big winner. Unfortunately for grantseekers, the foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear way to get in touch.

Rose co-chairs the board of Park Avenue Armory, and sits on the boards of Lincoln Center Theater, and National Museum of American History. Rose is also the former chairman of the board of International Center of Photography. Past arts and culture grantees include Lincoln Center Theatre, which received a $25,000 grant in 2013 fiscal year, Orchestra of St Luke’s, New York Festival of Song, American Museum of Natural History, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, The Skyscraper Museum, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Park Avenue Armory, and Carnegie Hall Society.

Park Avenue Armory and Carnegie Hall have been especially well funded. Park Avenue Armory is the former home of the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and currently hosts performances and installations. Park Avenue Armory has received millions over the years including some $7.1 million in a recent fiscal year and around $2.7 million the previous year. Carnegie Hall, meanwhile, is the site of the Rose Museum which opened in 1991. The museum chronicles the history of Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall Society received a little under $500,000 in a past year, and Carnegie Hall received at least $1 million then.

The Jewish Museum has also received steady support and is the site of the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, currently held by Norman Kleeblat. A component of the couple's philanthropy also involves historic preservation and money has gone to outfits such as Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and New York Historical Society.

Money has also gone to health outfits in New York City. Susan sits on the board of Hospital for Special Surgery, which received more than $300,000 in a recent fiscal year. Other money of late has gone to outfits such as New York-Presbyterian Fund and NYU Urology Research Program.

Rose and Susan, through their foundation, have also supported education and youth outfits. Rose's alma mater Horace Mann School has seen support. Funds have also gone to Rockefeller University, and New York University, as well as Juilliard School and Harlem Educational Activities Fund. In human services, support has gone to United Way of New York and The Doe Fund, a "New York nonprofit organization helping formerly homeless men and women achieve independence and self-sufficiency," among others. Jewish outfits such as UJA-Federation of New York have also been supported.

Related: Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation: New York City Grants