The Dds Foundation (Formerly the Deborah and Daniel Schwartz Foundation): New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: Deborah and Daniel Schwartz Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Wall Streeter Daniel Schwartz and his wife Deborah. The couple's giving has a New York City focus, primarily focused on Jewish causes in the city and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education, Health, Human Services

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and doesn't accept unsolicited proposals, either.

PROFILE: Daniel Schwartz serves as CIO of York Capital Management in New York City. Schwartz and his wife Deborah established a family foundation in the late 1990s, and largely focus on Big Apple in their giving. In a recent year, the foundation did around $2 million in grantmaking. Unfortunately for grantseekers, the Schwartz couple's charity does not accept unsolicited proposals.

The couple's philanthropy largely focuses on Jewish causes and institutions in New York City and beyond. Schwartz received his bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University, and sits on its board of trustees. The couple strongly supports the university via their foundation. Grantees also include Columbia University, from where the couple both graduated, Barnard College (Deborah's alma mater). They've also supported Jewish schools like Ramaz School in the Upper East Side, and SAR Academy.

The Schwartzes also support health and human services in New York City. Grantees include Mount Sinai, and Upper East Side Hatzolah, which provides emergency medical service and emergency ambulance transport for residents of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Jewish causes are very important to this funder. Some of this work takes place in New York. They've funded Manhattan Jewish Experience, which works with Jewish young professionals, for instance. Other organizations work towards Jewish causes in Israel. As one example, they've supported Etzion Foundation, which supports educational institutions in Israel.

It's worth mentioning that Deborah was once a director of Democracy Prep Charter School, though education reform in New York does not seem to be a currently priority of this couple's work via their family foundation. Foundation assets have been around $23 million, and total giving has been around $2.4 million.


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The Deborah and Daniel Schwartz Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address:

Deborah and Daniel Schwartz Foundation

767 5th Ave., 17th Fl.

New York City, NY 10153