Gilder Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Gilder Foundation supports libraries, scholarship funds, secondary education, recreation, public affairs, culture in New York City and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Libraries, scholarship funds, secondary education, recreation, public affairs, culture

IP TAKE: This funder is known for multi-million-dollar gifts, but it also offers modest local support in New York City.

PROFILE: Established in 1965, the Gilder Foundation is based in New York City. It was founded by Richard Gilder, the co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Gilder also leads the leveraged stocks and short-selling brokerage firm Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. Born in 1932, Gilder is a Yale graduate and husband to former model and actress Lois Chiles. The foundation’s grantmaking includes libraries, scholarship funds, secondary education, recreation, public affairs and culture.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, the Gilder Foundation often supports the founder’s alma mater, Yale. Other education support includes grants to the Hunter College Foundation and Northfield Mount Hermon School, with a focus on education reform and accountability. The funder also supports historic preservation in New York, with large sums going to the New-York Historical Society. It has also awarded grants to New York City organizations like the Central Park Conservancy, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $100,000. However, the foundation typically awards at least a couple million-dollar grants each year, as well. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation's giving largely focuses on New York City, but it supports causes with which the family has a personal connection. The foundation lacks transparency and does not publicly share its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, as it only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 212-840-3456. The firm of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP handles grant administration for the foundation.


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