OVERVIEW: The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts, education, health, LGBTQ causes, and human services.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. Per a recent tax return, the foundation declared that it was terminating.
PROFILE: The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust was established in 2005. It was founded by interior designer Robert L. Turner. The foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a website restricting further information on its priority areas and grantmaking strategies. According to tax filings, the Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust primarily funds grantmaking related to the arts, education, health, LGBTQ causes, and human services.
Turner has a deep passion for theater, particularly the opera, and serves on several key boards. He is a managing director and on the executive committee of the Metropolitan Opera. Via his foundation, he’s directed 7-figure sums to The Met of late. He’s also on the board of Santa Fe Opera and Armitage Gone! Dance. Turner steadily supports his alma mater RISD, home to the Robert L. Turner Theatrical and Performance Design Fund.
Grants range from $500 to approximately $1.2 million. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $2.5 million. Past grantees have included amfAR; and The Center, "the heart and home of NYC's LGBTQ community, providing programs for health, wellness, and community connection."
The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust keeps a low-profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Per a recent tax return, the foundation declared that it was terminating.
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Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust
31 East 72nd Street, No 8A/8B
New York, NY 10021