John & Amy Griffin Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The John & Amy Griffin Foundation prioritizes grantmaking in New York, and invests in education and poverty relief.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, Poverty, Health, Arts, Environment

IP TAKE: The foundation averages around $10 million in grantmaking annually. The foundation does not maintain a website, and provides no clear guidelines for grantseekers.

PROFILE:    The John & Amy Griffin Foundation held more than $14 million in assets in 2015, and gave away around $10.8 million that year. The foundation doesn't have a website, or a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch. John Griffin is the founder and president of Blue Ridge Capital, a hedge fund in New York that has held over $5 billion in assets under management. Before Griffin started his own fund, he was a "Tiger Cub," a protégé of Julian Robertson. The foundation does not have a website, or a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch. Tax filings suggest that Griffin invests in education, poverty relief, health, arts, and the environment.

Griffin prioritizes investing in education. Griffin has predominantly supported its founders’ alma mater, the University of Virginia. Griffin is also engaged in K-12 education reform in New York City and in 2015 gave over $2 million to iMentor, which builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities. Past grantees also include friends of Pave Academy; several of its charter schools are located in Brooklyn. Griffin has also funded Teach for All, Harlem RBI, Alliance for School Choice, Prep for Prep, and KIPP New York, which received a little more than $1 million in 2015.

Griffins also prioritizes poverty relief in New York City. John Griffin gave $1.6 million to Robin Hood in 2013, and another $750,000 in 2012. Past grantees also include the Ronald McDonald House of New York and Harlem Children's Zone.

Griffins' grantmaking in other areas such as health, and the arts, has been more modest. However, Griffin has supported the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer, the Michael J Fox Foundation, Signature Theatre Company, and Museum of the City of NY.


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John & Amy Griffin Foundation
660 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065