NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Kimco Realty
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Arts & Culture, Religious, Israel
OVERVIEW: Milton Cooper and his family move their philanthropy through the Cooper Family Foundation, an under-the-radar vehicle whose grantmaking steadily supports Jewish causes. The Coopers have given particularly large sums to American Jewish Committee. The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
BACKGROUND: Milton Cooper graduated from City College in New York and from Brooklyn Law School. In the 1960s, Cooper along with the late Martin S. Kimmel and others founded Kimco Development Corporation, with the aim of building and managing new shopping centers. Kimco Realty is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers.
FUNDING PROFILE: The Cooper Family Foundation's grantmaking steadily supports Jewish causes, mainly funding outfits in the Northeast. The Coopers regularly fund American Jewish Committee, the Jewish advocacy organization founded over a century ago; the family has given AJC millions. Another big winner is American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), which provides "grants to support select educational programs including Middle East research, educational materials and conferences, and leadership programs for university students."
The Coopers via their foundation also support Jewish arts and culture outfits. Grantees have included Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Center for Jewish History, and United States Holocaust Museum. The family also funds chabad organizations. Grantees have included Chabad of Mineola, Chabad of Port Washington, and Chabad of Southampton Jewish Center.
The Cooper family also earmarks funds for Jewish temples and congregations such as B'Nai Torah Congregation, Beth El Synagogue, Temple Sinai of Rosyln, and Temple Emanu-El of West Essex. While the Cooper family has given its largest sums to AJC of late, other Jewish community organizations like UJA Federation of New York, and Jewish Community Relations Council have received funds.
LOOKING FORWARD: Grantmaking appears to be on the rise at the Cooper Family Foundation. Expect the family's steady support of Jewish causes to continue.
The Cooper Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address: