Gustave and Rita Hauser

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Warner Cable Communications, Hauser Communications

FUNDING AREAS: Foreign Affairs, Education, Arts & Culture, Community

OVERVIEW: Gustave Hauser and his wife Rita established the Hauser Foundation in 1988 to “meet the challenge of bringing about the peaceful resolution of conflict and promoting democracy”—particularly in the Middle East. The couple has strongly supported their mutual alma mater Harvard. Other interests include education and the arts, particularly in New York City. 

BACKGROUND: Gustave M. Hauser holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the University of Paris, in France. Hauser served as president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Communications, and later established Hauser Communications, a private company involved in cable television, international satellite communications, and other electronic communications.

ISSUES:

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Apart from his pioneering contributions to the modern cable industry, Gustave Hauser was also twice appointed director-at-large of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Rita Hauser, president of the Hauser Foundation, is an international lawyer who was instrumental in persuading Yasir Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization to renounce violence.

It’s no surprise, then, that foreign affairs are part of this couple’s philanthropy. The Hausers, via their foundation, support the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Peace Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, and RAND.

EDUCATION: The Hausers are major benefactors of their mutual alma mater, Harvard. They gave a $40 million gift earlier in the decade to advance teaching innovations.

In 1996, the Hausers donated $13 million to fund the construction of Hauser Hall. They also founded Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations in 1997. They gave $5 million to New York University Law School to establish the Global Law School Program, which supports the Hauser Scholar Program for postgraduate foreign students.

Other grantees include Hunter College Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Coudert Institute.

ARTS & CULTURE: Rita Hauser is a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which the couple supports. Other grantees include Curtis Institute of Music, The Met, the New York Philharmonic, and the Paley Center for Media. Rita was a director of the New York Philharmonic Society for more than two decades.

COMMUNITY: Grantees include the Central Park Conservancy and the Hospital for Special Surgery.  

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Hausers to stick with their established interest areas.

CONTACT:

Hauser Foundation contact information:

The Hauser Foundation
700 Park Ave., Ste. 8
New York City, NY 10021
Fax: (212) 956-3618
E-mail: rita@hauserfoundation.org