Rick Rosenthal and Nancy Stephens

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Director and Producer

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Health & Medical Research, Education, Environment & Animals, Global, Women, Progressive Causes

OVERVIEW: The Rosenthal Family Foundation is the philanthropic organization of film director and producer Rick Rosenthal, his wife Nancy, and family. The foundation runs several arts and medical awards. It also makes grants to support the environment, women, progressive causes, and more. Despite a robust and varied grantmaking operation, the foundation keeps a low profile.

BACKGROUND: Born in 1949, Richard "Rick" L. Rosenthal Jr., graduated from The Choate School, Harvard University and the American Film Institute. He helped launch Sean Penn's career when he cast the then-unknown actor in the 1983 film Bad Boys. Rosenthal worked on the Emmy-winning ABC series Life Goes On, as well as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville. In recent years, Rosenthal has turned to the independent film world.


ARTS & CULTURE: The Rosenthal Family Foundation was originally established in the late 1940s by Rick Rosenthal's parents, Richard Sr. and Hinda, who were strong patrons of the arts. The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction of $10,000 has been awarded annually since 1957 to a young novelist. The Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Painting of $10,000, meanwhile, has been awarded annually since 1960 to a young painter of distinction.

Via their foundation, Rosenthal and family also fund arts nonprofits annually. Grantees include American Film Institute, Lincoln Center Theater, Utah Film Center, Film Forum Inc., Hammer Museum, Americans for the Arts, Center for Media and Democracy, and PEN Center USA, which has received particularly strong support. The foundation also makes program related investments in educational documentary films such as The Genius of Marian, a film about Alzheimer’s disease, and American Promise, a film about students of color in New York City prep schools. 

HEALTH & MEDICAL RESEARCH: Funding for health and medical research includes national awards in clinical medicine through the American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, and American Association for Cancer Research, among others. The Rosenthal Family Foundation's grantees also include Alzheimer's Association of Greater L.A., and American Cancer Society. 

EDUCATION: The Rosenthals are passionate about arts education and have funded organizations like Brooklyn Academy of Music, and California Institute of the Arts. Other grantees include Bard College, Pitzer College, Barnard College, Connecticut College and Center for Early Education. 

ENVIRONMENT/ANIMALS: Nancy is an environmental sustainability advocate and this interest animates some of the Rosenthal Family Foundation's grantmaking. Grantees include Conservation International, NRDC, Best Friends Animal Society and Nature Conservancy of Wyoming. Another important grantee is Union of Concerned Scientists, where Nancy sits on the board.  

GLOBAL: Rosenthal supports organizations that work on a global level, including Amnesty International U.S.A., Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Campaign, and Refugees International. 

WOMEN/PROGRESSIVE CAUSES:  For some two decades, Nancy has been an active political fundraiser in Los Angeles for progressive Democrats. The family via their foundation supports organizations like California Women's Law Center, Feminist Majority Foundation, National Partnership for Women and Family, People for the American Way, and Liberty Hill Foundation, a social justice organization in Los Angeles. 

LOOKING FORWARD: The Rosenthals have been involved in philanthropy for decades. Expect this to continue. 


The Rosenthal Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is contact information

Rosenthal Family Foundation
2777 Summer St., Ste. 208 B
Stamford, CT 06905
E-mail: rosefdn@sbcglobal.net 


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