Established in 2007, La Vida Feliz Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Wall Streeter Aaron Sosnick. It's unclear how much Sosnick is worth but his foundation has grown rapidly since its founding and held some $433 million in assets in a recent year and gave away more than $18 million. Sosnick has ties to both the east and west coasts. On the east coast, New York City has been a big winner. On the west, Los Angeles and to a lesser extent, the Bay Area have received funds. Unfortunately for grantseekers La Vida Feliz Foundation doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch but here are a few must knows about the foundation's New York City grantmaking:
1. New York City Arts and Culture Has Been Steadily Supported
Past arts and culture grants include a $25,000 grant to City Lore in the a recent fiscal year. City Lore describes itself as "a New York City-based cultural heritage/folklife nonprofit organization. Other recent grantees include Esse Aficionado, a dance company, Howl Arts, "a nonprofit organization dedicating to preserving the past and celebrating the contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side," Municipal Art Society of New York, and Coney Island USA, "a not for profit arts organization dedicated to the cultural and economic revitalization of the Coney Island neighborhood." Coney Island USA received a $90,000 grant in a recent fiscal year.
2. Human Services is Another Interest
The antipoverty giant Robin Hood Foundation received a $200,000 grant in a recent fiscal year. Funds have also gone to Catholic Charities, Project Renewal, "a New York City nonprofit organization that helps homeless and low-income men and women who often have a drug addiction, mental illness," and Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners. Sosnick has been especially steady with his support of Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, which used to be called Where Credit Is Due and is the first outfit that La Vida Feliz Foundation funded when it was established in 2007.
3. Funds Have Also Gone to Education in New York
Funds have gone to outfits such as Inner City Scholarship Fund, Children's Storefront, and Urban Assembly, "a non-profit organization that creates and serves a family of New York City public secondary schools." It's worth noting that Sosnick has been heavily supportive of Math for America, particularly in Los Angeles.
4. A Number of Recent Grantees Work To Improve New York City Communities
Sosnick's philanthropy involves a number of outfits in the New York community that work in issues of transportation, civic space, and the environment. New York Landmarks Conservancy received $1 million in each of the last three tax years. Support has also gone to Fund for the City of New York, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Outstanding Renewal Enterprises, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Historic District Council, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and Transportation Alternatives.