OVERVIEW: Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of former Goldman Sachs partner, Dan Neidich, and his wife, Brooke. The couple's philanthropy is centered around New York City where they live. Particularly large attention has been directed towards New York City arts and culture, philanthropy driven by Brooke, who is prominent in the arts scene.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Health & Youth, Education, Human Services, NYC Community
IP TAKE: The Neidich Foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or clear avenues for getting in touch. Networking here is key.
PROFILE: Daniel M. Neidich his B.A. from Yale University in 1972, and his Stanford MBA in 1974. Neidich joined Goldman Sachs in 1978 in the real estate banking department. In 1984, he made partner and later became co-head of the merchant banking division. In 2004, Neidich founded Dune Real Estate Partners, a New York-based real estate investment firm.
Neidich and his wife Brooke Garber Neidich move their philanthropy through the Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation, which has given nearly $2 million annually in recent years. The Neidich couple's philanthropy has a New York City focus, with arts and culture in particular looming large. Part of the story here involves Brooke, who inherited her father's jewelry business and developed a passion for the arts. Brooke was co-chair of the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of Art for seven years and is currently a trustee. She's also currently a vice chair of the board of Lincoln Center Theater.
Past New York City arts grantees include Whitney Museum of Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Bronx Museum of Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Chez Bushwick, "dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance," Tribeca Film Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Aperture Foundation. The couple has been particularly strong with their support of Lincoln Center Theater and Whitney Museum of Art, with Neidich and Brooke giving more than $430,000 to the museum in a recent year.
Apart from arts and culture, the couple also supports health and youth in New York City. The forces here again involve Brooke, who co-founded NYU Child Study Center and later, Child Mind Institute (CMI), after discovering a learning issue in one of her own sons. The couple gave CMI more than $250,000 in the most recent fiscal year available through their foundation. The couple has also supported Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Planned Parenthood, among others.
In education, past New York City grantees include East Harlem School, Collegiate School, Chapin School, Collegiate School, The Brick Church School, and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Some of these schools have personal connections to the family. The couple's three children, for instance, attended The Brick Church School and Brooke's initial experiences in philanthropy were with this school.
Neidich and Brooke have also bankrolled New York human services outfits such as Citymeals-on-Wheels, Food Bank of New York, Henry Street Settlement, and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. They've also supported Friends of the Highline, Central Park Conservancy, and the 9/11 Memorial.
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The Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address:
Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation
P.O. Box 860
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866