NET WORTH: $12.6 billion
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Advance Publications; Chairman Emeritus, Conde Nast
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education, Health, Human Services & Disaster Relief, Jewish Causes
OVERVIEW: Media mogul Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. moves his philanthropy through the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. Newhouse gives away a lot of grants in New York City, but other sites of philanthropy include Oregon, Massachusetts and Michigan. Newhouse has been a major supporter of Syracuse University. He and his wife, Victoria, as well, are major art collectors. Other areas of interest include health and human services.
BACKGROUND: Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse, Jr. was born in New York City in 1927. Newhouse attended Horace Mann School. He and his brother Donald inherited media group Advance Publications from their father Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse, Sr., after he passed away in 1979. Newhouse has run Conde Nast, which owns owns titles such as Vogue, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Wired. Advance is the largest privately held newspaper chain with titles in over 25 U.S. cities and towns. Newhouse reportedly retired from his role as chairman of Conde Nast in early 2015.
ARTS & CULTURE: Newhouse and his late wife Victoria were prominent art collectors who've been listed on ArtNews' top 200 list of art collectors, having spent some $700 million on art. Newhouse, through his foundation, has steadily supported New York City arts and culture outfits such as Metropolitan Opera Association, The Met, Lincoln Center Theater, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art. Other grantees have included National Dance Institute, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Symphony, and Springfield Symphony Orchestra. As well, in 2006, the Samuel I. Newhouse Awards established the Wynn Newhouse Awards, which provide grants to "artists of excellence who happen to have disabilities," allocating $60,000 per year for these awards. The Wynn Newhouse Awards are named in honor of Newhouse's son, Wynn, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who passed away in 2010." (See a list of award winners)
EDUCATION: Newhouse has given millions to Syracuse University, where his brother Donald graduated. The family has deep ties to the school and Syracuse is the site of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. Last decade alone, more than $30 million went to Syracuse. Other higher education philanthropy has recently involved Yale University, and Oregon State University Foundation. On the K-12 front, grantees have included Trinity School, Collegiate School, Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation, United Negro College Fund, and Staten Island Academy.
HEALTH: Grantees have included Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation/Evelyn Lauder Founder's Fund, and SLE Lupus Foundation.
HUMAN SERVICES & DISASTER RELIEF: Newhouse has given funds to American Red Cross, including a $1 million gift in 2012 to to assist with disaster relief in in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Newhouse has also supported a number of United Way outfits including United Way of New York City, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, United Way of Saginaw County, and United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area.
JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees have included Congregation Emanu-El, UJA Federation-Staten Island, and Anti-Defamation League.
OTHER: A component of Newhouse's philanthropy also involves the environment, with recent strong support going to Fresh Air Fund, and Central Park Conservancy. Support has also gone towards journalism outfits such as Committee to Protect Journalists, and International Center for Journalists. Philanthropy has also involved architecture. Victoria, by the way, established the Architectural History Foundation, a nonprofit publisher that provided grants for authors writing books on architecture.
LOOKING FORWARD: Newhouse is in his late 80s and likely will continue funding his established interest areas. Down the line, though, we'll have to keep in mind what Newhouse's kids do in the family's third generation of philanthropy.
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation does not provide specific guidelines but accepts applications at the address below
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.
101 Park Ave., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10178
Telephone: (212) 630-5900
Contact: Steven Markovits