Dobkin Family Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Dobkin Family Foundation awards grants to support a wide variety of arts institutions and projects around the country.

IP TAKE: Although the Dobkin Family Foundation’s assets are sizable, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one staff member. 

PROFILE: Established in 1984 by Eric and Barbara Dobkin, the Dobkin Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on Jewish causes, higher education, women’s issues, social justice, health, arts and media. Barbara Dobkin is prominent in progressive Jewish and women’s philanthropic groups. Eric Dobkin, who earned his wealth working on Wall Street, is considered the “father of the modern IPO,” and was among the longest-serving partners at Goldman Sachs before announcing his retirement in 2016.

Grant amounts vary widely foundation-wide, generally ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Past grants awarded to visual arts organizations include the Brooklyn Museum, Unison Arts Center, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

After examining the foundation’s tax filings, it appears to award unrestricted grants rather than those that are project specific. The Dobkin Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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The Dobkin Family Foundation

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