Arnhold Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The Arnhold Foundation's New York City grantmaking heavily involves the performing arts, including a number of New York City dance organizations. The foundation also supports education, international affairs, and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, Arts & Culture, Education, International Affairs, Health

IP TAKE: The Arnhold Foundation does not have much of a web presence or a clear avenue for getting in touch.

PROFILE: The Arnhold Foundation was founded by Henry H. Arnhold, born in Dresden in 1921. In the United States, Arnhold studied at UCLA, served in the U.S. Army, and joined his family's investment bank, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, where he served as chairman starting in 1960. In 2014, the Arnhold Foundation had $375 million in assets and gave away around $20 million. In 2015, Arnhold gave over $47 million to Conservation International, an environmental organization. Arnhold prioritizes environment, arts & culture, education, international affairs, and health.

The foundation's New York City grantmaking focuses on arts and culture. Grantmaking involves many local dance organizations such as Ballet Hispanico on the Upper West Side, which received $2.5 million according to 2015 tax records. Other dance grantees include Dance/NYC, Dances By Isadora, Dance Theater of Harlem, Dancewave, Gallim Dance, Gibney Dance, Elisa Monte Dance, and Eye on Dance.

The foundation also supports the Frick Collection, where some of Arnhold's collection of 18th-century porcelain is housed, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center (which received $2.5 million in 2015), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan Theater Club, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Arts & Design, New Amsterdam Singers, Theater for the New City, and others.

Arnhold Foundation's New York City grantmaking also supports education. In higher education, past grantees include Bank Street College of Education, Columbia Business School, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Hunter College Foundation, Icahn School of Medicine, and Vassar College.  Arnhold also funds K-12 education organizations such as Prep for Prep, "a leadership development program that offers promising students of color access to a private school education and life changing opportunities," and Fund for Public Schools, which is "dedicated to building public-private partnerships in support of the NYC Department of Education and the city's 1,800+ public schools." 

Arnhold also supports the environment. While the foundation's largest grantee is Conservation International, in New York City grantmaking, the foundation supports Central Park Conservancy. Funds also go to health organizations such as Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital Center.

The Arnhold Foundation also gives grants to organizations that work on an international level such as National Committee on American Foreign Policy, "a nonpartisan, activist organization dedicated to the resolution of conflicts that threaten American national security interests." Funds also go to International House in Morningside Heights, a "private, nonprofit residence and program center for graduate students, scholars engaging in research, trainees and interns." New York City community organizations such as Citymeals-on-Wheels, 92nd Street Y, and Broadway Housing Communities have also been funded.


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The Arnhold Foundation does not have much of a web presence or a clear avenue for getting in touch, but below is an address:

Arnhold Foundation, Inc.
15 Maiden Ln., Ste. 500
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: (212) 269-8628