Arnhold Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The Arnhold Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Henry Arnhold. The foundation's New York City grantmaking heavily involves the performing arts. A number of New York City dance outfits have been funded annually. Sums have also gone to education, international affairs, and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, 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: Henry H. Arnhold was born in Dresden in 1921, and comes from the Dresden banking family of Arnhold. In the United States, Arnhold studied at UCLA, had a stint in the U.S. Army, and joined his family's investment bank, Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, where he served as chairman starting in 1960. Arnhold moves his philanthropy through the Arnhold Foundation, which held some $375 million in assets in a recent year and gave away around $20 million. Both assets and giving are up from recent years.

The foundation's grantmaking has a heavy New York City focus and arts and culture is a big interest. Grantmaking has involved many local dance outfits such as Ballet Hispanico on the Upper West Side, which received some $2.5 million according to the most recent 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.

Money also also gone to other New York City arts outfits such as the Frick Collection, where some of Arnhold's collection of 18th-century porcelain has been housed, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center (which received $1.3 million in a recent year), Lincoln Center for the Arts (which received $143,000), 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 involves support of education. On the higher education front, funds have recently gone to Bank Street College of Education, Columbia Business School, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Hunter College Foundation (which received $275,000 grant), Icahn School of Medicine, and New School, which received $900,000.  Arnhold has also funded K-12 education outfits 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's philanthropy also involves support of the environment. While the foundation's largest sums have gone to Conservation International, on the New York City front, sums have gone to Central Park Conservancy. Funds have also gone to health outfits such as Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital Center.

The Arnhold Foundation also gives grants to outfits 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 have also gone 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 outfits such as Citymeals-on-Wheels, 92nd Street Y, and Broadway Housing Communities have also been funded. A large $900,000 grant went to public television station WNET in the past.


  • Henry H. Arnhold, President
  • John P. Arnhold, Secretary & Treasurer


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