Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Family Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Family Foundation focuses its New York City grantmaking on the arts and education. The couple's largest sums go to arts and cultural institutions, particularly The Met.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile but does appear to accept proposals.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health & Human Services

PROFILE: The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of real estate mogul Daniel Brodsky and his wife Estrellita, an arts historian and collector. Daniel Brodsky chairs the board of The Met, home to the Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art and Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design. The couple, via their foundation, directed a $10 million gift to the institution recently.

Important to the couple's art work is Another Space, a program established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Family Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America. The program facilitates "substantial grants to museums, universities and other institutions to advance research and produce exhibitions and publications in the field of Latin American art and provides a forum for guest-curated exhibitions and educational programs."

The foundation's grantmaking has supported other New York City arts institutions like MoMA, New York Botanical Garden, NYC Ballet, El Museum Del Barrio, Center for Arts, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, and Park Avenue Armory.

The Brodskys also support education in New York. Grantees have included Prep for Prep, NYU, Hunter College Foundation, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Institute of Fine Arts. Daniel received a master's degree from NYU and Estrellita attended Hunter College and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

The family also earmarks funds for health and human services, with support going to places like Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Henry Street Settlement.

The foundation itself keeps a low profile. While recent tax records indicate that the foundation is open to contact, getting a handle on exactly what the Brodskys look for in their grantees is tough to ascertain. Those working in the arts, particularly Latin American art, may have a leg up.


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The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation accepts letters detailing a project's activities to this address:

Daniel Brodsky
400 W. 59th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 315-5555