Monteforte Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: The Monteforte Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of hedge funder Willem Kooyker and his wife Judith-Ann Corrente. The couple's philanthropy focuses on New York City, and they serve on a number of area boards. Grants have been awarded to local arts and culture outfits, and also education and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education, Health

IP TAKE: The Monteforte Foundation does not have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch with the couple.

PROFILE: Willem Kooyker is the founder of Blenheim Capital Management, with offices in New Jersey, New York, London and Amsterdam. He and his wife Judith-Ann Corrente are active in civic life in New York City and serve on a number of boards. Through the couple's charitable vehicle, the Monteforte Foundation, grants have been made to a number of New York City outfits, with a focus on arts and culture, education and more. In a recent year, the foundation held more than $26 million in assets and gave away around $8.4 million.

In New York City arts and culture, Judith serves as president, managing director and chief executive officer of the board of Metropolitan Opera. Large amounts have gone to the Metropolitan Opera, including more than $14 million in the three most recent years for which tax records are available. The Metropolitan Opera, by the way, is the site of the Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker Chair. Recent money has also gone to Gotham Chamber Opera, Museum of Modern Art, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Theatre Club, Collegiate Chorale, and Lang Lang International Music Foundation, among others. In the most recent tax records available, a large $580,000 grant went to Asia Society, a nonprofit "that focuses on educating the world about Asia." Kooyker sits on the board of that outfit.

Kooyker and Judith have also supported education in New York City. Kooyker's alma mater Baruch College has been a major site of philanthropy and the couple has supported the Willem Kooyker Deanship of the Zicklin School of Business. According to the most recent tax records, more than $5 million went to Kooyker's alma mater. Money has also gone to Chelsea Day School, Columbia University, Early Steps, which "provides families of children of color information about the benefits of an independent school education for their children," and Oliver Scholars Program, which "prepares extraordinary African-American and Latino students for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges." Well Medical College also received a large gift of approximately $1.3 million in a recent year.

Assorted sums have also gone to health outfits. Apart from Well Medical College, recent New York grantmaking has also involved Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Recent money has also gone to Central Park Conservancy, where Judith once served on the board of trustees.

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CONTACT:

The Monteforte Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address:

The Monteforte Foundation

712 5th Ave., 20th Fl.

New York, NY 10019