OVERVIEW: The Quinten House Foundation provides support for the fine and performing arts, medical research, people suffering from disease, and the health and welfare of less advantaged members of society.
IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: The Quinten House Foundation was established in 2005 by computer scientist Martin Farach-Colton and his husband Andrew. Martin worked at Google and went on to found Tokutek, a database performance software company. He is a professor of computer science at Rutgers. While the foundation does not maintain a website, recent tax returns do briefly outline the foundation’s focus areas. The Quinten House Foundation invests in the fine and performing arts, medical research, people suffering from disease, and the health and welfare of less advantaged members of society.
Martin is openly gay and has been married to Andrew for many years. Martin is on the board of the Ali Forney Center, an LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth, which the couple support. Martin was also on the board of Lambda Legal, which works for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Grants range from $240 to $35,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $76,000. Past grantees include Broadway Cares, MoMA, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Planned Parenthood, and Gill Foundation.
The Quinten House Foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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Quinten House Foundation
243 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014