Dobkin Family Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Dobkin Family Foundation funds organizations that help produce films and documentaries that reflect upon social change, among other important topics.

IP TAKE: This funder awards film grants to organizations located in large urban areas such as New York, as well as those located in smaller cities such as Westport, California. Because the foundation does not operate a public presence or maintain a website, further information is limited.

PROFILE: Established in 1984 by Eric and Barbara Dobkin, the Dobkin Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on Jewish causes, higher education, women’s issues, social justice, health, arts and media. Barbara Dobkin is prominent in progressive Jewish and women’s philanthropic groups. Eric Dobkin, who earned his wealth working on Wall Street, is considered the “father of the modern IPO,” and was among the longest-serving partners at Goldman Sachs before announcing his retirement in 2016.

In the film grantmaking space, the foundation often supports films, including documentaries, aimed at inspiring social change. Past film grantees include Women Make Movies, the Utah Film Center, and Fractured Atlas. Although the Dobkin Family Foundation’s assets are sizable, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one staff member.

Grant amounts vary widely, generally ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.  The Dobkin Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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The Dobkin Family Foundation

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New York, New York 10005

(212) 440-0800