Ganek Family Foundation

OVERVIEW:  The Ganek Family Foundation’s grantmaking largely invests in education and the arts across the United States; however, it prioritizes New York City.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services

PROFILE: Founded in 2012, the Ganek Family Foundation was established by hedge fund manager David Ganek and his wife Danielle, a novelist. Because the foundation limits information available on its sparse website, further information regarding grantmaking priority areas and specifics are unavailable. The Ganek Family Foundation’s grantkmaking includes support of education and the arts.

The Ganeks' limited website and tax filings suggest the foundation prioritizes the arts, specifically contemporary artists and photography. The foundation's grants in arts and culture tend to support established or rising artists across the U.S. As major art collectors, the Ganeks have appeared numerous times on ArtNews' list of top 200 art collectors.

The Ganeks' other grantmaking include educational programs and health and human services. While the foundation prefers a broad approach to all of its grantmaking, a limited grantee list available on the site suggests that it prioritizes organizations in New York City, where the couple reside, as well as Long Island.

Danielle serves a Vice President for Southampton Fresh Air Home, a summer camp for special needs children, which suggests the foundation may also consider further grantmaking targeting vulnerable and special needs children.

In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $677,000; however grants are small to mid-sized. Past grantees include Columbia University, Spence School, ArtsConnection, Brooklyn Museum, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer, and Food Bank of New York City. Danielle Ganek sits on the board of Robin Hood Foundation.

It is unclear whether the foundation accepts unsolicited applications since this information is also not available on its tax filings.


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

The Ganek Family Foundation

757 Third Avenue, Fl 20

New York, NY 10017