Gerson Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Gerson Family Foundation supports New York City area schools, Jewish organizations, arts institutions, and antipoverty organizations. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Jewish Causes, Arts & Culture, Policy, Poverty 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 1993, the Gerson Family Foundation is steered by financier James Gerson and his wife Barbara. Unfortunately, the foundation does not maintain a public website preferring a low public profile. The foundation's New York City grantmaking focuses on education and youth, Jewish causes, the arts, policy, and antipoverty.

Past New York City grantees include Columbia University (Gerson's alma mater), City Year NY, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Second Stage Theater, the ACLU, City Harvest, Central Park Conservancy and Arbor Brothers, which supports social entrepreneurship. 

Many grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and few exceed $50,000. Unfortunately for grantseekers, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. 


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The Gerson Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family, but below is an address

Gerson Family Foundation
19 W. 95th St.
New York City, NY 10025
(212) 749-0792