Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust awards grants to environmental conservation organizations in the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award unrestricted general operating cost grants rather than project specific grants.

PROFILE: The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust was established in 2001. Bernard Spitzer was known as a prominent New York City real estate developer and philanthropist. Spitzer passed away in 2014. While the Spitzer Charitable Trust is sizable in terms of assets, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one formal staff member. Tax filings indicate the trust has in grantmaking interest in a variety of fields including human rights, arts and culture, education and Jewish causes. The foundation awards environmental conservation grants on a smaller scale.

Spitzer Trust grants amounts tend to vary widely, often ranging from $500 to $1 million. Environmental conservation grants typically fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Past grantees include the World Wildlife Foundation and Earthwatch Institute. Both organizations received funding to support general operating costs.

The Spitzer Charitable Trust’s grantmaking guidelines, eligibility and requirements are unclear. Although the trust does not impose geographic restrictions on its funding, it appears to support a number of nonprofit organizations located in New York and along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. According to tax filings, the trust accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and requests for funding.

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CONTACT:

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust

730 Fifth Avenue #2202

New York, New York 10019