Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation: New York City Grants

OVERVIEW: Susan and Elihu Rose's New York City giving involves strong support of arts and culture outfits. Funds have also gone to health, human services, education, and more.

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

IP TAKE: The funder flies under the radar and doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch.

PROFILE: Manhattanite Elihu Rose attended Horace Mann School and graduated from Yale in 1954. Since 1956, he's been a partner at Rose Associates, a real estate investment and management firm in New York City. He and his wife Susan move their philanthropy through the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, which was established in 1988. The foundation doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch.

Rose and Susan, through their foundation, have strongly supported New York City outfits, prioritizing arts and culture. Rose cochairs the board of Park Avenue Armory, and sits on the boards of Lincoln Center Theater, and National Museum of American History. Rose is also the former chairman of the board of International Center of Photography. Recent grantees include Lincoln Center Theatre, which received a $25,000 grant a past year, Orchestra of St Luke’s, New York Festival of Song, American Museum of Natural History, the Morgan Library & Museum, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the Skyscraper Museum, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Park Avenue Armory, and Carnegie Hall Society. 

Park Avenue Armory and Carnegie Hall have been especially well funded. Park Avenue Armory is the former home of the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and currently hosts performances and installations. Park Avenue Armory has received millions over the years, including some $7.1 million and around $2.7 million in recent years. Carnegie Hall, meanwhile, is the site of the Rose Museum which opened in 1991; the museum chronicles the history of Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall Society received a little under $500,000 in a past year and Carnegie Hall received at least $1 million in a past year. The Jewish Museum has also received steady support and is the site of the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, currently held by Norman Kleeblat. A component of the couple's philanthropy also involves historic preservation and money has gone to outfits such as Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and New York Historical Society.

Money has also gone to health outfits in New York City. Susan sits on the board of Hospital for Special Surgery, which received more than $300,000 in a past year. Other money of late has gone to outfits such as New York-Presbyterian Fund and NYU Urology Research Program.

Rose and Susan have also supported education and youth outfits. Rose has supported his alma mater, Horace Mann School. Funds have also gone to Rockefeller University, and New York University, as well as Juilliard School and Harlem Educational Activities Fund. In human services, support has gone to United Way of New York and the Doe Fund, a "New York nonprofit organization helping formerly homeless men and women achieve independence and self-sufficiency," among others. Jewish outfits such as UJA-Federation of New York have also received support. At the end of a recent year, the funder reported over $19.7 million in assets and more than $4.2 million in total giving.


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Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is an address:

Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation

200 Madison Ave., 5th Fl.

New York, NY 10016