Ehrenkranz Family Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation's grantmaking focuses in on New York City, with a particularly strong interest in arts and culture. Other interests of the family include health and education in the Big Apple.

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

IP TAKE: The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals and keeps a low profile. Grantmaking often tracks with board memberships and personal connections, making networking especially important.

PROFILE: The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz. Joel cofounded and currently serves as a senior partner of both Ehrenkranz Partners L.P. and Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP. Anne, meanwhile, is an art historian, photographer and author of books on photography. The couple serve on a number of boards in the New York City metropolitan area, and these ties often track with their philanthropy.

The family foundation keeps a low-profile and does not provide clear guidelines for grantseekers, making it tough to get a handle on what exactly the family is looking for in the New York City grantees. In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $5.6 million.

One area of strong interest in the city is arts and culture. Joel was once president of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney Museum is home to the the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator, and MoMA is the site of the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography. Ehrenkranz is also a vice chair of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, another important grantee. Other grantees have included Asia Society (where Anne is a trustee), International Center of Photography, and more.

The Ehrenkranz family has supported the family's alma maters in New York. For Anne, that's the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. For Joel, the family has funded New York University School of Law. Other grantees have included Bank Street College of Education, KIPP New York, and more. Icahn School of Medicine has received strong support from the family. 

The family also supports health in the Big Apple via their foundation. Important grantees here include Hospital for Special Surgery, where Anne is a trustee and Joel is an advisor, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where Anne also sits on the board. 

The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation's grantmaking also involves Jewish and human services outfits in the city including UJA Federation of New York, the Robin Hood Foundation and Henry Street Settlement. A component of the foundation's grantmaking also involves policy outfits like the Manhattan Institute. 


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The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is an address:

Ehrenkranz Family Foundation
375 Park Ave., Ste. 2800
New York City, NY 10152