Alec Baldwin Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: Established in 2006, the Alec Baldwin 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, with around $2 to $4 million going out of the door of late.

IP TAKE: The foundation doesn't have a website or a clear way to get in touch. The Alec Baldwin Foundation, is, however, rather active on social media where perhaps a connection could be made.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Environment & Animals, Education & Youth, Health

PROFILE: The Alec Baldwin Foundation is the charitable vehicle of actor Alec Baldwin who established the vehicle in 2006. Baldwin was raised in Long Island, attended NYU, and is a New York City resident. This helps explain why Baldwin's philanthropy focuses in on New York. In the a recent tax year, the foundation held around $1.2 million in assets and gave away a little more than $3 million. In the following year though, the funder claimed only $151,230 in assets and just over $2.2 million in total giving. 

Some of the foundation's largest sums of late have gone to arts and culture. A major site of philanthropy has been the New York Philharmonic, which received grants of $500,000 and $1 million grant in past years. Baldwin's ties to the Philharmonic are strong as he's served as a radio host since 2008 and is also on the board of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York. Large sums have also gone to the Roundabout Theatre Company.  Recent support has also gone to Lincoln Center Theater, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall Society, Ballet Theater Foundation, Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, and more. Money has also gone to New York Public Radio.

The Alec Baldwin Foundation also has an interest in education. Baldwin's alma mater, NYU, has been supported. Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, also went to NYU. Grants of $1 million each went to NYU in 2010 and 2012. Sums have also gone to P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village (the neighborhood where he recently moved) and to various youth outfits such as Bent on Learning," a nonprofit committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children." Some grantmaking in this area also involves arts education.

The foundation has also supported the environment and animals. While a lot of this grantmaking has focused in on Long Island and nationally, recent support has gone to Central Park Conservancy.

Sums have also gone to health outfits, with recent money going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. A significant grantee in this area is Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund in Long Island which was founded by Baldwin's mother, Carol.

A component of the foundation's philanthropy also involves human rights causes, though these tend to be on a more national level, and LGBT outfits such as Gay Men's Health Crisis, which "offers hands-on support services in New York City and education and advocacy for hundreds of thousands nationwide."

PEOPLE:

  • Alec Baldwin, Director
  • Dan Wechsler, Director
  • Brendan O'Connell, Director

CONTACT:

The Alec Baldwin Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for grantseekers to get in touch, but below is an address:

The Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc.
509 Madison Ave., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10022

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