Dobkin Family Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Dobkin Family Foundation awards grants to support a variety of women’s organizations around the country.

IP TAKE: Although the Dobkin Family Foundation’s assets are sizable, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one staff member.

PROFILE: Established in 1984 by Eric and Barbara Dobkin, the Dobkin Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on Jewish causes, higher education, women’s issues, social justice, health, arts and media. Barbara Dobkin is prominent in progressive Jewish and women’s philanthropic groups. Eric Dobkin, who earned his wealth working on Wall Street, is considered the “father of the modern IPO,” and was among the longest-serving partners at Goldman Sachs before announcing his retirement in 2016.

Grant amounts vary widely, generally ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Past grants awarded to girls and women’s organizations include Women’s Donors Network, Women’s Sports Foundation and Advancing Women Professionals.

After examining the foundation’s tax filings, it appears to award unrestricted grants rather than those earmarked for specific projects. The Dobkin Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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The Dobkin Family Foundation

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New York, New York 10005

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