As a serial entrepreneur, Bert Brodsky spent the better part of five decades making innovations in healthcare, technology, real estate, and the hospitality industry. He is well known in New York for his leading roles with National Medical Health Card Systems, Medical Arts Office Services, Sandata Technologies, Mobile Health Management Services, and Didit.com. But beyond these career accomplishments, Brodsky and his wife Muriel also engage in philanthropy as well.
Here are three things that New York nonprofits should know about their giving through the Muriel and Bert Brodsky Family Foundation.
1. Jewish Causes Are Top Priority
Overall interests for this foundation are health, human services, and education, but organizations affiliated with the Jewish faith tend to do very well with the Brodsky family. Since Bert and Muriel Brodsky established their foundation in 1997, they have supported many Jewish causes, including the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, UJA Federation of New York, and Community Synagogue. Brodsky serves on the board of the 460-bed Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and also Gurwin’s 200-apartment assisted living center.
2. Alzheimer’s is a Big Interest
Much of Brodsky’s career experience is in the field of health, so it should come as little surprise that health-related causes see much of this family foundation’s support. Alzheimer’s is of particular interest to the Brodskys—Richard is the founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and the couple have steadily supported this organization.
However, the founders have also supported other medical efforts at the Sean Kinering Testicular Cancer Foundation and the Gurwin Jewish Healthcare Foundation. In 2018, Bert Brodsky was honored with a Trustee of the Year award from LeadingAge New York, a statewide association that supports continuing care organizations.
3. Unsolicited Requests Are Accepted
Unlike many family foundations that fly under the radar and do not maintain websites to guide grantseekers, this one is actually open to receiving unsolicited funding requests from nonprofits. According to the foundation’s recent tax records, grantseekers should direct funding requests to the attention of Jeffrey Brodsky, asset manager for the Brodsky family’s real estate and investment company known as BEB Capital.
The foundation’s current board members are Brodsky family members, and this foundation has always been very much a family affair. Today, the foundation is based in Port Washington, New York, which is about 30 miles east of NYC. Grant requests should include a resume detailing your organization’s mission and budget. There do not appear to be any tight restrictions or submission deadlines for Brodsky grants.
Read more about this funder and how to get in touch with funding requests in IP’s full profile of the Muriel and Bert Brodsky Family Foundation.