OVERVIEW: The Richard and Iris Abrons Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to human services, education, youth, health, the arts, and Jewish causes.
IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: Established in 1966, the Richard and Iris Abrons Foundation was founded by financier and playwright Richard Abrons and his wife Iris. Richard helped found investment management firm First Manhattan Co. The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the Richard and Iris Abrons Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to human services, education, youth, health, the arts, and Jewish causes.
The Abrons family are major patrons of Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. The forces here are personal as Henry Street's founder helped Richard’s grandmother take care of her children and find work sewing nurses' uniforms. And later, Abrons' parents met at a dance at the settlement. Richard’s father, Louis, supported the settlement and created the Abrons Arts Center, a performing and visual arts program which the family continues to support. Abrons is vice chairman of the board of Henry Street Settlement. He is also a major supporter of Children’s Aid.
Grants range from $140 to $175,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $271,000. Past grantees have included Bronx Children’s Museum, MoMA, Dubin Breast Center, Yale Alumni Fund (Richard is a graduate), Southampton Hospital, and BronxWorks.
The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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Richard and Iris Abrons Foundation Inc.
812 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021