Armand G. Erpf Fund: New York and Tri-State Funders

OVERVIEW: The Armand G. Erpf Fund primarily backs conservation and the environment, arts and culture, education and human services.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: The Armand G. Erpf Fund was incorporated in 1951. It was established by the late financier Armand G. Erpf, partner in the investment firm of Loeb, Rhoades & Company, which became part of Shearson Lehman Brothers. The foundation is currently steered by his son Armand B. Erpf, who serves as president of the foundation. The Erpf Fund does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the Armand G. Erpf Fund primarily funds grantmaking related to conservation and the environment, arts and culture, education and human services.

The late Armand Erpf and his wife Sue were a driving force behind the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, home to the Erpf Center. The family has strong ties to the Catskills region in Upstate New York. Sue was an avid supporter of New York City museums and cultural institutions such as the Whitney, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art. Armand was a collector of painting and sculpture, primarily contemporary. Columbia University, meanwhile, received a $500,000 chair in Armand’s name. Not only did the late Armand G. Eprf graduate from the school, but so did his son.

Grants range from $500 to $50,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away a little under $360,000. Past grantees include Peconic Land Trust, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Columbia Business School, Bard College, School of American Ballet, Asia Society, Autism Speaks, and the Museum of the City of New York.

While the Armand G. Erpf Fund keeps a low profile, it does accept unsolicited proposals. The foundation does not provide an application form and lists no deadlines.

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CONTACT:

Grant Administrator
Armand G. Erpf Fund
640 Park Ave
New York, NY 10021