Charles Dolan

NET WORTH: $4.8 billion


FUNDING AREAS: Health (Pancreatic Research), Human Services, Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Religious

OVERVIEW:  Charles Dolan and family move their philanthropy through several different channels. The family’s giving focuses on the Northeast, and Long Island is one site of philanthropy. Dolan chairs the Lustgarten Foundation, which supports pancreatic cancer research.

BACKGROUND:  Born in Cleveland, Charles Dolan attended John Carroll University before dropping out and entering the telecommunications field. He got his start cutting sports highlight reels for Cleveland area television. He went on to organize Cablevision Systems Corporation on Long Island which sold in 2016 for $17.7 billion. Dolan owns stakes in Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and AMC Networks.


HEALTH:  Dolan chairs the Lustgarten Foundation, which supports pancreatic cancer research. The foundation is named in honor of the late Marc Lustgarten, who rose to serve as vice chairman of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden. Via the Dolan Family Foundation, meanwhile, the family has supported places like Autism Speaks.

HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees have included Youth Family Counseling Agency and Island Harvest, which rescues and distributes food to hungry people in New York.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Through another one of the family’s charitable vehicles, the Dolan Children’s Foundation, the family has supported places like Chaminade High School, Stony Brook Foundation, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Rising Star Youth Foundation. The Dolans family foundation’s grantmaking sometimes has involved similar outfits.

ARTS AND CULTURE: The Dolan family, through their charities, have supported organizations like Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, Pomfret Historical Society, and Raynham Hall Museum,

RELIGIOUS: The family has also earmarked funds for outfits like Archdiocese of New York, Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, and St. Ambrose Parish

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect this billionaire family’s Northeast focus to hold. Down the line we’ll keep up with the next generation of Dolans and their giving interests. Thomas Dolan is a trustee of the Dolan Children’s Foundation. James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision, should be watched carefully as well.


The Dolan family’s charities do not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch but below is contact information:

Dolan Children’s Foundation
340 Crossways Park Dr.
Woodbury, NY 11797
Contact: Robert Vizza, Pres.

Dolan Family Foundation
340 Crossways Park Dr.
Woodbury, NY 11797
Telephone: (516) 803-9200
Contact: Robert Vizza, Pres.