Anson and Debra Beard

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH:  Morgan Stanley

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Conservation, Health, Arts & Culture, Human Services

OVERVIEW: Anson Beard, his wife Debra, and family move their philanthropy through the Tsunami Foundation, which was founded in the early 1990s and gave between $1 million and $2 million annually in recently reported tax years. The Beards are strong funders of education and youth outfits, and Beard has long been involved with the Posse Foundation. He also sits on the board of Prep for Prep. The Northeast and Florida serve as significant regions of philanthropy.

BACKGROUND:  Anson M. Beard graduated from Yale University. He worked at Citibank and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. before joining Morgan Stanley in 1977, where he helped build their equity division worldwide.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Anson Beard is a life director of Posse Foundation, a "comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development program.” Part of the story here involves Wheaton College, a Posse partner institution. Beard has been involved with the Massachusetts-based school for more than four decades, and is a lifetime trustee. Beard found out about Posse through a fellow Wheaton trustee and the rest is history. Apart from directing funds to Posse and Wheaton College via the Tsunami Foundation, Beard and family have also steadily supported Prep for Prep, where Anson also sits on the board. Other grantees have included University of Vermont, Middlesex School, Readworks, East Harlem School, St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School in Morningside Heights, and Success Academy Charter School.

CONSERVATION: Grantees have included Everglades Law Center and Brandywine Conservancy, a land and water conservation organization that works in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

HEALTH: Beard and family have directed grants to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York via Tsunami Foundation.

ARTS & CULTURE: The Beards earmark funds for arts and culture organizations through their Tsunami Foundation. This grantmaking appears to have a New York City focus. Grantees have included American Tap Dance Foundation, Arts Connection, and American Museum of Natural History.

HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees have included City Harvest, Operation Warm, Robin Hood Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project.

OTHER:  The Beard family through Tsunami Foundation have supported global organizations Doctors Without Borders and Orbis International, which deals with blindness in developing countries. Beard and Debra have also been heavily involved with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County.

LOOKING FORWARD:  In his 80s, Beard has long been involved with philanthropy and will likely stick with established interests, particularly education and youth. Down the line, we’ll keep up with the next generation of Beards.


The Tsunami Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Tsunami Foundation
421 Peruvian Ave.
Palm Beach, FL 33480