OVERVIEW: The Becker Foundation's New York City area grantmaking focuses on educational, medical, and community organizations, often in the Jewish community. The family has a particular interest in supporting Jewish education at all levels.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education, Youth, Health, Human Services
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low-profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
PROFILE: Established in the 1980s, the Beker Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of investor Harvey Becker, his wife Jayne, and family. The couple's kids are trustees of the foundation, along with Harvey Becker's longtime business partners at the Millburn Ridgefield Corporation. While a component of the family's philanthropy involves Massachusetts, many of the foundation's grants go to New York City outfits.
Education is very important to the Bekers, particularly Jewish education. Harvey Becker sits on the board of governors of Hillel International, "the largest Jewish campus organization in the world." In New York, the family has supported institutions like Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York University (Beker's alma mater), Yeshiva University and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School . The family has also funded Jewish day schools like SAR Academy in Riverdale (where the couple's kids attended), and the Ramaz School on the Upper East Side. Another area of interest is Jewish camps and youth programming. For instance, they've supported the Nesiya Institute, which provides outdoor experiences in Israel.
The Bekers also support health and human services outfits in New York, many of them in the Jewish community. Riverdale, New York is an important site of philanthropy for this family. Grantees have included Hebrew Home at Riverdale Foundation, Riverdale Jewish Center, and Riverdale Hatzalah. The UJA Federation of New York is an important grantee worth noting. The family also supports religious institutions like Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and also funds outfits that work in/for Israel.
The Beker Family Foundation has had a similar batch of grantees annually of late. Grants support general operations, and many are under $30,000. Grants to Jewish institutions of higher learning can be much larger, however. In recent years, the foundation has done around $1.5 to $1.7 million in giving. Assets have hovered just over $2 million.
- Harvey Becker, President & Treasurer
- Jayne Becker, Vice President
The Beker Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is contact information:
The Beker Foundation
1270 Ave. of the Americas, 11th Fl.
New York City, NY 10020