Morton and Linda Janklow

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Literary Agent

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services

OVERVIEW:  Morton Janklow, his wife Lynn, and family move their philanthropy through the Janklow Foundation, which gave away around $361,000 in a recent year. The Janklows support the arts and education, with an eye towards the New York City area. 

BACKGROUND: Morton Janklow graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 and earned a law degree from the Columbia Law School in 1953. He established a law firm and in 1972, but pivoted to a career as a literary agent when his friend and client, William Safire, asked him to handle a book he was writing about President Nixon, titled "Before the Fall." Janklow established a literary agency in 1977, and today is chairman of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, co-founded with his wife Lynn in 1989.


ARTS & CULTURE: The Janklows have been among ARTNews' Top 200 art collectors, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. Linda is the founding chair of ArtsConnection, which “connects artists with children, families, and schools in teaching and learning partnerships.” Family foundation grantees include ArtsConnection, Parrish Art Museum, Carnegie Hall Society, New York Academy of Art, Morgan Library & Museum, The Met, and Museum of the Moving Image. 

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Janklow has supported his alma maters. At Columbia, he founded the Morton L. Janklow Program for Advocacy in the Arts and established the Morton L. Janklow Professorship of Literary and Artistic Property Law. Syracuse University is home to the Morton L. Janklow Arts Leadership Program. Janklow is on the board of visitors of Syracuse's College of Arts and Sciences. Other grantees include The Wesley School in North Hollywood, Wesleyan University (the couple's son Luke graduated from the school), Weill Cornell Medical College, Child Mind Institute, Juilliard School, Prep for Prep, and New Visions for Public Schools.

HEALTH: Cancer appears to be the focus. They've supported Cancer Research Institute, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees include City Harvest and Phoenix House.

OTHER: Grantees include policy organizations Council on Foreign Relations, of which Janklow is a member. Other grantees include Jewish organizations like UJA Federation and Congregation Emanu-El. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the family's steady giving to continue, particularly in arts and education. Down the line, the next generation of Janklows may emerge as a force. Son Luke is heir apparent to Janklow & Nesbit Associates.


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