Zygmunt Wilf

NET WORTH: $5.3 billion (Wilf family)

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Garden Homes Development; Minnesota Vikings

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Community, Israel, Religious, Holocaust Remembrance 

OVERVIEW: Zygmunt Wilf supports the Jewish community through several charitable vehicles. Some of these he steers with his brother Mark, and with other family members. He also modestly supports the Jewish community via a family foundation he runs with his wife Audrey, a film producer. Wilf is on the board of American Society for Yad Vashem and actively supports the work of Holocaust education programs.

BACKGROUND: Zygmunt "Zygi" Wilf immigrated with his family to the United States in the early 1950s and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. Wilf later graduated from New York Law School. Wilf joined the family business Garden Homes Development, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial, and private residential development. Wilf is also the chairman and an owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.  

FUNDING PROFILE: Wilf and his wife Audrey modestly support the Jewish community via their Zygmunt & Audrey Wilf Foundation, which gave nearly $1.3 million in a recent year. The foundation's grantmaking focuses on New York and New Jersey, and does not specifically key on on Jewish causes or organizations. However, the couple, via this charity, have modestly supported UJA-Federation of New York, Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Yeshiva University (where Wilf is also on the board of trustees), and Meor Heritage Retreats (whose aim is to inspire, educate and empower  "a new generation of Jewish leaders on America's leading campuses”), for example.

Wilf is on the chairman of the board of the American Society for Yad Vashem and actively supports the work of Shoah Foundation and Holocaust education programs for students. This work is personal; his parents Joseph and Elizabeth are Holocaust survivors. 

Wilf is also a trustee of Z. S. & M. Wilf Foundation, a charity named for him, his brother Mark, and his late brother Sidney Wilf. This well-endowed foundation held more than $120 million in assets in a recent year, and gave away nearly $11 million. The Wilfs, via this foundation, distribute to many different organizations, with their largest gifts going to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Educational Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Jewish Museum, Park East Synagogue, the Rethink Israel Initiative, Rutgers Hillel, Yeshiva University, and the American Israel Education Foundation.

Another vehicle, the Wilf Family Foundation, supports a range of Jewish causes and in a recent year held more than $78 million in assets, distributing more than $2.7 million in gifts focused on the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Zygi Wilf is the vice president and a trustee, which supports education and youth, community organizations, and more. A substantial amount of this giving flows through several Jewish Federations.

LOOKING FORWARD: Wilf and family are running a robust philanthropic operation. Expect them to continue to support the Jewish community at all levels. 


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Zygi Wilf does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with his foundations but below are addresses:

Zygmunt & Audrey Wilf Foundation

200 Central Ave., Ste. 102

Mountainside, NJ 07092

Z. S. & M. Wilf Foundation, Inc.

200 Central Ave., Ste. 102

Mountainside, NJ 07092

Wilf Family Foundation

820 Morris Tpke.
Short Hills, NJ 07078

The Wilf Family Education Foundation Inc.

200 Central Ave., Ste. 102

Mountainside, NJ 07092 



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