OVERVIEW: The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation's New York City grantmaking focuses on arts and culture, education, human services and more. The couple behind the foundation, media mogul Si Newhouse and his wife Victoria, are major art collectors.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education, Health, Human Services & Disaster Relief, Jewish Causes
IP TAKE: The foundation doesn't have a website or a clear avenue for getting in touch with Newhouse.
PROFILE: Billionaire media mogul Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse, Jr., along with his brother Donald, took over his father's media group Advance Publications. Donald runs the newspaper end of the business and for decades, Newhouse has helmed Conde Nast, which owns magazines such as Vogue and the New Yorker, among others. On the philanthropic end, Newhouse Sr. founded the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation in 1945, and Newhouse currently serves as president of the foundation.
The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation held more than $134 million in assets and gave away around $12.4 million in a recent year. The following year, assets dropped to $126 million and giving to about $11.9 million. Newhouse gives away a lot of grants in New York City, where he was born and lives. Newhouse and his wife Victoria are prominent art collectors who have been listed on the ArtNews top 200 list of art collectors, having spent some $700 million on art. Newhouse, through his foundation, has steadily supported New York City arts and culture outfits such as Metropolitan Opera Association, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Philharmonic, Gotham Chamber Opera, Staten Island Children's Museum, Metropolitan Opera Association, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art.
While not specific to New York City, it's worth mentioning that in 2006, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation established the Wynn Newhouse Awards, which provide grants to "artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities," allocating $60,000 per year for these awards. The Wynn Newhouse Awards are named in honor of Newhouse's son, Wynn, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who passed away. (Click here to see a list of award winners).
Newhouse is also interested in education in New York City. While millions have streamed to Syracuse University, recent support has gone to Big Apple outfits such Trinity School, Harlem Educational Activities Fund, whose goal is to change "the lives of underserved young people beginning in middle school and continuing in college," NYU, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Columbia University, Collegiate School, and Staten Island Academy, among others.
Support has also gone to health outfits in New York City. In a recent year, a large $500,000 grant went to New York-Presbyterian Fund. Other recent support has gone to outfits such as Planned Parenthood of New York City, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation.
Human services and disaster relief efforts have also received support in New York City. Newhouse money has flowed to American Red Cross, including a $1 million gift in a past year to to assist with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Newhouse has also supported a number of United Way outfits across the country including United Way of New York City.
Assorted sums have also gone to Jewish outfits such as UJA Federation-Staten Island and environmental outfits such as Central Park Conservancy. A component of Newhouse's philanthropy also involves supporting journalists and architectural history.
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Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for grantseekers to get in touch with the family, but below is an address:
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.
101 Park Ave., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10178
Telephone: (212) 630-5900
Contact: Steven Markovits