NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: SFX Entertainment
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Arts & Culture
OVERVIEW: Robert F. X. Sillerman and his wife Laura move their philanthropy through the Tomorrow Foundation, which gave away around $752,000 in a recent year. Last decade, the family donated $10 million to found The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University. Recent grantmaking has focused on education and the arts, particularly in the Northeast.
BACKGROUND: Raised in a Jewish family in the Bronx, Robert F. X. Sillerman graduated with B.A. from Brandeis University. He was the owner of television and radio stations. His SFX Entertainment (concert promotion, sports agencies) sold to Clear Channel for $4.4 billion in 2000.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: In 2008, the family donated $10 million to found The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University. The Sillerman Center serves as a" powerful resource to strengthen social justice philanthropy with assistance to philanthropists and family foundations as that sector grapples with questions about making significant impacts."
The couple gave a seven-figure gift to Harlem Academy recently, where Laura sits on the board. Other grantees include NYU School of Medicine, Cornell University, Marietta College (Laura's alma mater), and More than Words, which "empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business."
ARTS & CULTURE: Laura is a writer and sits on the board of PEN America. Grantees include Broadcasters Foundation of America and American Museum of Natural History.
HEALTH: Sillerman is a cancer survivor. Family foundation support has gone to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
LOOKING FORWARD: Sillerman was once on the Forbes 400 but nowadays is in the midst of bankruptcy. It's unclear how this will affect the Tomorrow Foundation's grantmaking.
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