Arnhold Foundation: Grants for College Arts and Humanities

OVERVIEW: The Arnhold Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Henry Arnhold. The foundation's higher ed performing arts grantmaking is one facet of a range outfits it supports in each of these areas, and includes support for dance companies representing underrepresented populations, dance education, and advocacy.

IP TAKE: Arnhold clearly cares deeply about both higher ed funding and the arts - both separately, and where they intersect. But what the foundation is exactly looking for is unclear; they don't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch.

PROFILE: Henry H. Arnhold was born in Dresden in 1921 and comes from the Dresden banking family of Arnhold. In the United States, Arnhold studied at UCLA, had a stint in the U.S. Army, and joined his family's investment bank Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, where he served as chairman starting in 1960. Arnhold moves his philanthropy through the Arnhold Foundation, which held some $353 million in assets in a recent year and gave away around $15 million.

The foundation's grantmaking has involved a number of performing arts outfits, mainly in New York City but also beyond. Dance has been especially well-represented in recent years. The forces here are likely in part driven by Arnhold's daughter-in-law Jody Gottfried Arnhold, a dance educator and arts advocate.

On the higher education level, funds have gone to Juilliard School and to Hunter College, the latter of which is home to the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program and the Arnhold Dance Education Programs. There's also a Dance Education Laboratory that Jody founded and which provides "training and professional development for dance educators of all levels, ages, genres and educational environments" as an "alternative to traditional university programs." In a recent year, the foundation also gave $100,000 to the highly selective Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute of Music, which offers a degree in performance, a Bachelor's degree in music, and a Master of Music in Opera degree.

Internationally, the Arnhold Foundation also offers scholarship support to German dance students though the Esther Arnhold Seligmann Scholarship for Excellence at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden. Given jointly with the Esther and Otto Seligmann Foundation, “[t]he scholarship comprises a six-week study period at the American Dance Festival (ADF) and a one-week stay in New York,” and “is awarded annually to students at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden.”

The Arnhold Foundation's grantmaking also involves support for the humanities in higher education, especially in New York. On that front, funds have recently gone to institutions including the Bank Street College of Education, Columbia Business School, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the New School, where Arnhold is a trustee. Arnhold provided an endowment for the Willy Brandt Professorship and recently made a $7 million gift to the school's Zohlberg Institute on Migration and Mobility (reporting by IP here). Another award of $500,000 recently went to the University of California Santa Barbara, where Arnhold previously helped establish the John P. Arnhold Presidential Chair in English.

The Arnhold Foundation clearly has funds a range of interests in both humanities and arts - including funding for higher ed. Unfortunately, what the foundation is exactly looking for is unclear because Arnhold doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch.

One last point of clarification: this profile refers to Arnhold Foundation, Inc., not to be confused with the John and Jody Arnhold Foundation, a separate organization headed by Arnhold's son John and daughter-in-law Jody. John is, however, also involved with Arnhold Foundation, Inc., serving as Secretary and Treasurer.


  • Henry H. Arnhold, President
  • John P. Arnhold, Secretary and Treasurer


Arnhold Foundation, Inc.
15 Maiden Ln., Ste. 500
New York City, NY United States 10038-5117
Telephone: (212) 269-8628