NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Los Angeles Community
OVERVIEW: Howard Zelikow and his wife Marcie do not appear to have a formal charitable vehicle, making their philanthropy difficult to track. A few years ago, the couple gave a $6 million gift to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Much of the couple's philanthropy stays in Los Angeles. Zelikow is a prominent lay leader in the community and Marcie has been outspoken about the importance of supporting Jewish institutions on the west coast.
BACKGROUND: Howard Zelikow graduated from Dartmouth College in 1955 and received an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business Administration. Zelikow worked as a CPA and later served as executive vice president and CFO of Progressive. In the late 1980s, Zelikow joined Kayne Anderson Capital.
FUNDING PROFILE: In 2014, Howard and Marcie Zelikow gave a $6 million gift to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. The gift went to the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, which was renamed after the Zelikows. Marcie once chaired the school's advisory board and is a member of the board of governors. This appears to be the Zelikow's largest gift to date. In the past, the couple gave a $1.2 million gift to Hebrew Union College.
Another L.A. educational outfit the couple has supported is the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the first full-fledged Israel Studies center on the West Coast. The center "promotes the study of the history, culture and society of Israel as a modern Jewish and democratic state."
The couple seems particularly keen on supporting Jewish institutions in Los Angeles: as Marcie put it, "Without rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, and Jewish professionals, we can’t have strong Jewish institutions. The Jewish future all begins here. I also think it’s vitally important to have a West Coast presence. We’re the second biggest Jewish community in America. We deserve a bigger voice in the conversation.”
To that end, the Zelikows have supported outfits like Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, American Jewish University, and Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Outside of Los Angeles, the couple has supported places like Friends of Yemin Orde, which supports the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Northern Israel; Jewish World Watch; and Hillel. Some of these sums are modest and are certainly not on the scale of their big multimillion-dollar gift. Marcie has also served in leadership positions on the boards of outfits like Jewish Family Service, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, and Hillcrest United Jewish Communities (UJC).
Again, this couple's work appears to take place without a formal charitable vehicle.
LOOKING FORWARD: It's unclear how much money is waiting in the wings here, or if any more multimillion-dollar gifts to Jewish institutions are coming, but expect this couple's steady support of the Los Angeles Jewish community to continue.
Zelikow and Marcie do not appear to have a formal charitable vehicle, and fly well under the radar. Below is Marcie's Linkedin profile: