Willem Kooyker received his B.A. in economics from Baruch College and an MBA in international finance and economics from NYU. He began his trading career in Rotterdam, and in the early 1980s, joined Commodities Corporation in Princeton, where he became president. In 1988, Kooyker founded Blenheim Capital Management, and continues as its chairman, CEO and CIO.
Kooyker moves his philanthropy through the Monteforte Foundation. He's listed as vice president and his wife Judith-Ann Corrente serves as president. Judith was one of nine women in Princeton's inaugural co-educational Class of 1970 and these days, serves in prominent roles on a number of boards. She's heavily involved with the Metropolitan Opera, where she's president, managing director and chief executive officer of the board. While the Monteforte Foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear avenue of contact, here's a rundown of this prominent New York City couple's philanthropy.
1. Education and Youth
Kooyker's alma mater Baruch College is a major recipient of Kooyker philanthropy, and the couple has supported the Willem Kooyker Deanship of the Zicklin School of Business. They've also given large sums to the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where Judith has been a longtime trustee. The last two tax years for which tax records are available show that close to $3 million went to the school. The couple also supports Columbia, Princeton, Brown and Boston College.
The couple is also interested in K-12 education and youth. Kooyker chairs the board of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, whose mission is to "fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people and to close the mentoring gap." Kooyker has been involved with MENTOR since 1993, and in the most recent available tax records, Kooyker gave close to $2 million to the outfit. He has also funded places like Chelsea Day School, Early Steps, which "provides families of children of color information about the benefits of an independent school education for their children," and Oliver Scholars Program, which "prepares extraordinary African-American and Latino students for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges."
2. Kooyker Supports Arts & Culture
Kooyker has given large amounts to the Metropolitan Opera, including more than $14 million in the three most recent tax years for which records are available. The Metropolitan Opera is the site of the Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker Chair. He's funded Gotham Chamber Opera, Museum of Modern Art, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Theatre Club, Asia Society, and Lang Lang International Music Foundation, among others.
3. Health, Parks and Other Interests
Kooyker has given to Hospital For Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St Jude's Childrens Hospital, American Cancer Society, and Well Medical College, where around $1.3 million went in the most recent tax year available. The couple has also funded Central Park Conservancy, where Judith used to be on the board of trustees.
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