New York City is the center of the philanthropic universe, and the spectrum of NYC foundation giving is as diverse as the city’s population, from multi-billion-dollar foundations to small, upstart funders.
Although some large New York City foundations maintain a global reach, other funders focus exclusively or predominately on grantmaking in the city. Further, many of the largest foundations—including the Open Society Foundations and Rockefeller Foundation—invest locally, providing funds to address poverty and support the city’s vibrant arts community. Click on the links below to read full profiles.
Altman supports the economic development of the city and residents of its five boroughs. The foundation tends to favor youth/education-related organizations, as well as health, arts and culture.
The actor's foundation focuses its grantmaking in New York City and Long Island. Grants go to a wide variety of causes, including arts and culture, health, and the environment.
The philanthropic vehicle of financier Henry Arnhold emphasizes the performing arts, but also gives to education, international affairs, and health causes.
This funder restricts grantmaking to the five boroughs of New York City and awards grants in the fields of arts, human services, education, and preservation/environment.
The charitable vehicle of billionaire Ron Baron and his wife Judy. It backs a wide variety of causes, but grant amounts tend to be modest.
Beker's New York City-area grantmaking focuses on educational, medical, and community organizations, often in the Jewish community. The family supports Jewish education at all levels.
The foundation of former oil man Robert Belfer and his wife gives mostly to health causes, but also supports the arts, education, and Jewish causes.
Michael Bloomberg makes his opinions known regarding the causes he champions. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports public health, education, government innovation, environmental, and arts projects in cities.
This isn't a huge foundation, but it's a great one for K-12 public schools and arts & culture nonprofits in New York City to know about.
In the U.S., the BMS foundation awards grants in eight states, including New York. The foundation’s areas of funding interest include HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, health care policy, med school, and palliative care.
This funder focuses New York City grantmaking on the arts and education. The couple's largest sums fund arts and cultural institutions, particularly The Met.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation got its start with a borough-wide study to determine the greatest needs in the area. The foundation supports local youth of color through racial justice, juvenile justice, community development, and immigrant initiatives.
The philanthropic arm of the international law firm is a flexible funder of education needs in cities where it has offices, including New York City.
Carnegie gives the majority of New York-related grants through its Urban and Higher Education programs. Carnegie doesn't award many such grants, but they are pretty significant if you can get your hands on one.
Carson's New York City philanthropy focuses on education reform—Carson is a proponent of the charter school model, supporting local hospitals, arts and culture, and community development.
New York area grants from the bank's charitable arm primarily fund community programs in New York City that serve at-risk and low- to middle-income populations.
Although based in Greenwich, Connecticut, the foundation of billionaire Steve Cohen is an active New York City grantmaker. Giving is centered on children's health, education, veterans, arts and neighbors.
The couple's giving priorities include education and health, and the Colemans give large sums to a select few hospitals where they have board seats.
Financier Leon Cooperman and his wife tend to give big to a few institutions in the New York area, starting with their alma maters. But Cooperman money finds it way to many causes, particularly related to health and Jewish issues.
Ray Dalio is among the top people in the hedge fund business, and he's been building up his foundation's assets. It has been a steady funder of multiple causes for years in both Connecticut and New York City. Its focuses include education, health, environment, and the arts.
The foundation funds a wide array of projects including those related to HIV/AIDS, cancer, arts, healthcare, media, performing arts, and education. DVF also awards grants to support public parks such as the Highline and Central Park.
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation's grants focus on groups that contribute to the cultural, civic, educational, and general welfare of the community. It also supports legal services for the poor.
This funder supports New York City nonprofits working in the fields of aging, arts, education, and social services. It was established from the estate of music publisher Louis Dreyfus and his wife.
Bankrolled by a retired hedge fund manager and his wife, the foundation gives to many causes in New York City, though education and poverty are top priorities. It has ramped up its philanthropy in recent years.
This funder has a strong interest in arts and culture. Other local interests of the family include health and education.
This is the philanthropic vehicle of Wall Street billionaire David Einhorn and his wife Cheryl. Much of the couple's grantmaking takes place in New York City. Fostering empathy is central to the foundation's work.
The foundation of financier Steven Einhorn and his wife. Health and Jewish causes have been major priorities in recent years.
The couple's New York City giving focuses on the environment, arts and culture, and more.
The foundation of Alan Fournier and his wife Jennifer mostly makes grants in the New Jersey area, in New York, and (to a lesser extent) other regions throughout the U.S.
This foundation focuses primarily on education, hospitals, health associations, and Jewish causes in New York City. It has a minimal web presence.
The Gerson Family Foundation awards grants to New York City area schools, Jewish organizations, arts institutions, and antipoverty organizations.
The Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation supports scientific and educational causes, but focuses on the environment, economic development, legal services, and reproductive rights.
The couple's grantmaking in New York City involves education, health, Jewish causes and more. It's largely focused on New York City.
Grantmaking supports the arts, Jewish organizations, and more. Apart from the city, Westchester County and Long Island are also sites of giving.
This funder supports well-established New York City organizations in the fields of arts, education, health, and social justice. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.
This funder mostly supports early education and child care in New York City. Across the five boroughs, it also funds some other education, health and social services efforts.
Hecksher makes grants for arts, education, health, social services, teacher development, workforce development and recreation to organizations working with children. Hecksher supports public, private, parochial, and alternative schools.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust supports U.S. and global health initiatives, as well as education and human services causes. Place-based funding goes to Israel, New York City, and conservation.
This is one of several charitable outfits directed by the billionaire financier and his wife. The foundation does much of its grantmaking in New York City toward education, healthcare, community development, and arts and culture.
JCF facilitates and promotes charitable giving to Jewish nonprofit organizations in New York. Most locally focused funding goes toward education and community causes.
The JP Morgan Chase Foundation has both a local and a global focus to get citizens into safe homes, back to work, and financially secure. The foundation also encourages its employees to donate and volunteer.
The Kelleher Charitable Foundation largely supports Catholics causes in New York City, education, and youth.
The Mark and Anla Cheng Kingdon Fund focuses most of its New York City grantmaking on education, and arts and culture.
Bankrolled by New York's richest resident, the foundation is particularly active in supporting cancer research and arts institutions in the city.
The foundation of billionaire Bruce Kovner and his wife Suzie mainly supports arts and education. The couple doesn't have a long list of annual grantees and tends to give to the same outfits each year. Grants are quite sizable, however.
The couple's philanthropy is laser-focused on New York City, particularly arts and culture. The Krauses are major art collectors. Other interests include education and human services.
Kravis awards grants in New York and Connecticut to support projects in cancer research, education and human services. Doesn't give cancer research grants to individual investigators or researchers.
The foundation of Wall Streeter and New York resident Aaron Sosnick supports arts and culture, education, human services, and community projects.
This investor and his wife fund education, arts and culture, New York City community development, health, and Jewish causes. They are also very involved with the New York Junior Tennis & Learning Center.
Strong interest in education and animal welfare causes, mostly in New York City, but also makes grants to groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Grants often fund animal shelter causes, and college tuition scholarships for low- and mid-income students.
Former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman J. Michael Evans, via his foundation, focuses his New York City philanthropy on areas like education, youth, and human services.
The foundation of hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb and his wife Margaret supports health, arts, and education, among other causes. Annual giving is modest, but the couple has wide interests.
The foundation is very active in the Connecticut and New York City areas, giving to many charter schools, advocacy groups and local Connecticut public schools.
The philanthropic vehicle of hedge funder Donald Marron. Backs education, arts and culture, health, and more.
The foundation’s New York City grantmaking involves a range of causes, including the arts, education, and human services.
The Mertz Gilmore Foundation is a well-known national and global climate change grantmaker, but it has two focus areas specific to New York City: community development and dance.
The philanthropic vehicle of hedge funder Willem Kooyker and his wife Judith-Ann Corrente. The couple has been giving for local arts and culture outfits, and also education and health.
Gives major funding for New York City arts and culture, but also gives grants to health, youth, education, human services, and NYC community causes.
Focuses on arts and culture, education, human services and more. The couple behind the foundation, media mogul Si Newhouse and his wife Victoria, are major art collectors.
The New York Community Trust gives for the benefit of the city in the areas of education, arts community development, the environment. Most of the money stays in New York City.
The New York Foundation prioritizes community organizing and advocacy organizations, and all grantees share a common commitment to inspire New Yorkers to become informed and active participants in city life.
The New York Foundation for the Arts provides local artists and art organizations with cash grants, fiscal sponsorship, online resources, and professional development training. Most forms of art are considered for funding.
The New York Life Foundation focuses grantmaking on children and youth in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
This foundation is a huge New York grantmaker for most health-related issues, including quality primary care, diabetes prevention and health policy making.
This funder supports causes for anti-violence, safety, economic security, health, sexual rights, and reproductive justice that benefit women and girls in New York City.
Not to be confused with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, this foundation awards grants to New York and Georgia-based organizations. In New York, Noble awards grants to art education, secondary education, and health causes.
The North Star Fund awards activist-led grants, rapid response grants, and donor-advised grants in New York City. The fund supports local organizations that promise to improve schools, housing conditions, healthcare, access to jobs, civil liberties, peace, freedom, and human rights.
This foundation has a national reach with environmental, agriculture, and reproductive rights grants. However, it has a funding program dedicated to building an environmentally sustainable New York City. Around five of these grants are awarded each year.
The Och Foundation states that its primary areas of interest are New York and Massachusetts. However, it awards grants to New Jersey-based organizations, as well. Och likes to fund hospitals, human service and Jewish programs.
Open Society Foundations has many worldwide issues of focus, but in New York, it backs marriage equality, media transparency, and criminal justice. Open Society is known to be open-minded and outspoken.
The foundation’s grantmaking heavily involves New York City arts and culture organizations. Other interests include education, health, and Jewish causes.
As the the philanthropic vehicle of businessman Richard Parsons and his wife Laura, the Parsons Family Foundation largely prioritizes education, the arts, and more.
Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson's foundation makes a lot of grants to education and health. New York City is a priority.
New York is the overriding focus of Ronald O. Perelman's foundation, with grants funding the arts, healthcare, hospitals, Jewish causes and human services.
The foundation of hedge funder Bill Ackman and his wife Karen has broad interests that include global issues, but New York City, where the couple lives, is a major focus of giving. Funding areas include education, poverty, health, and Jewish community.
The philanthropic arm of the investment management firm gives “to empower people globally to reach their full potential.” Support for New York City nonprofits is at the forefront.
This is a New York City-based foundation, especially interested in improving the lives of people with learning and attention issues. Other interests include the arts and Jewish organizations.
The philanthropic vehicle of finance billionaire Michael F. Price. Grantmaking involves education, health and biomedical research, and supporting children and youth.
The couple strongly supports the Jewish community in New York. Other interests are education and health. Philanthropy largely tracks with personal ties and the couple's board memberships.
This young foundation states three interests: youth, education and medical research. However, its grantmaking is just getting started.
Revson awards grants in education, biomedical research, urban affairs, Jewish philanthropy and education. Apart from grantmaking in Israel, nearly all funding is focused on New York.
Hedge fund billionaire Larry Robbins is deep into education issues, but also gives to anti-poverty groups, as well as health and Jewish causes.
Robin Hood has a high profile in New York. Aside from the foundation’s major efforts toward disaster relief and emergency response, it mostly focuses on reducing poverty in the city.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund aims to create a “sustainable urban community” through grantmaking in civic engagement, artistic expression and environmental preservation.
This Rockefeller outfit supports arts and culture, and community development and transformation. In addition to that work, the foundation also supports environmental and climate change projects.
The fund's average grant size isn't overwhelming, but it has given steadily to many New York City institutions, particularly in arts and the environment.
Susan and Elihu Rose's New York City giving involves strong support of arts and culture outfits. Also backs health, human services, education, and more.
This is the philanthropic vehicle of private equity billionaire Marc Rowan and his wife Carolyn. New York City grantmaking involves education, Jewish causes, health, and more.
Samberg's three main areas of giving are education, health, and Jewish life. Many of the foundation's grantees are in the New York City area.
The couple's New York City grantmaking involves the arts, education, Jewish causes and more.
Scherman funds arts, environment, government transparency and accountability, human rights and liberties, reproductive rights and justice, and New York communities. It also awards grants through the Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.
The couple's giving has a New York City focus, primarily focused on Jewish causes in the city. Other interests are education, health, and human services.
Created by Bloomberg LP co-founder Thomas Secunda and his wife Cindy, this foundation is mainly focused in the greater New York area, giving to arts, education, and Jewish causes. The Secundas have been expanding their foundation's assets, along with their annual giving.
Hedge-funder David Shaw and his wife Beth appear to be ramping up their already active philanthropy. Topics include education and youth, health, Jewish causes, arts and culture.
Singer is known for his political views and giving. But he's also a philanthropist active in New York City, and in recent years, has supported education, health and several other causes.
Named for the four-time governor of New York, Smith focuses on needy children in New York City and neighboring counties. Supports education, physical and emotional health, prenatal care, homeless pregnant mothers and children of incarcerated mothers.
The philanthropic vehicle of real estate billionaire Jerry I. Speyer and his wife Katherine. The couple have been strong supporters of arts and culture in New York City, but local grantmaking involves education, health, and more.
The Starr Foundation gives primarily to health and education causes. Although the foundation strongly discourages unsolicited grant proposals, it does have a medium-sized staff that makes itself accessible to grantseekers.
This funder focuses much of its grantmaking on the arts and Jewish causes. Family members are prominent art collectors, and they've contributed some of their collection to local New York City museums.
The Taproot Foundation provides substantial in-kind service grants of professional consulting services to nonprofit organizations in several major cities, including New York.
Bankrolled by one of America's most successful hedge fund managers, the David Tepper Charitable Foundation focuses heavily on poverty and education issues (hunger, in particular), but gives toward a few other causes, as well.
The foundation strongly supports New York City arts and cultural institutions, particularly Park Avenue Armory, which has received some $130 million through the years.
This funder supports education, employment, youth and families, and criminal justice causes in the five boroughs of New York City to end the cycle of poverty.
This funder supports New York City causes related to education, the arts, healthy food, and economic development. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.
The couple's philanthropy has a New York focus, and backs arts and culture. The couple also supports health and human services.
The foundation supports young people through charter schools, charter networks, and ed reform advocacy groups, as well as literacy, anti-poverty, and scholarship programs.
The Beards, via their foundation, primarily support New York City youth, education, arts, and human services organizations.
The van Ameringen Foundation is solely focused on mental health and underserved populations in New York City and Philadelphia.
The trust of the late financier awards an array of grants in New York, but its current status is hard to verify.
Wunderkinder’s New York City grantmaking supports the arts, health, and social welfare organizations.
The Zegar Family Foundation awards several dozen grants each year. Although Zegar grantmaking isn’t limited to a particular geographic region, a sizeable portion of grants have been going to organizations in New York City.
The foundation, endowed with the wealth of publishing magnate Bill Ziff, has given to cultural, educational and environmental organizations and institutions in the city. The foundation's president, Ann Ziff, has an interest in music and opera.