NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Centerview Partners
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Policy, NYC community
OVERVIEW: Blair Effron and his wife Cheryl move their philanthropy through the Cheryl C. & Blair Effron Family Foundation, a low-profile vehicle which gave under $800,000 in a recently reported tax year. Their philanthropy has an East Coast focus, particularly in New York City where the family lives. Interests include education and policy. Cheryl Effron is active in New York civic life and giving often tracks with personal connections and board memberships.
BACKGROUND: Blair Effron holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He started his career at Dillon Read Co. Inc., where he worked ten years before it was merged into several successor firms, in what was to become UBS. Effron cofounded Centerview Partners in 2006.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Effron sits on the board of trustees of his alma mater Princeton, which he steadily supports via his family foundation. Cheryl is on the board of Dalton School in Manhattan, which she attended and now supports through the foundation. Other grantees include New Visions for Public Schools (Effron is a board member), Brown University (Cheryl’s alma mater), and NYC Outward Bound.
ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees have included the Met, Brooklyn Historical Society, and Lincoln Center, where Effron is on the board.
POLICY: The Effrons have directed steady support to Brookings Institution via their family foundation. Cheryl sits on the board of trustees of the organization. Effron, meanwhile, sits on the board of Council on Foreign Relations. He also sits on the advisory boards of the Hamilton Project and the Center for American Progress.
NYC COMMUNITY: The Effrons are based in New York City and Cheryl, once in the real estate sector, pivoted to civic work in the local area. Last decade, she helped launch Greater NY, a public-private partnership based in the Mayor’s Office to engage corporate executives in partnerships with nonprofit executives to develop new models for social service delivery in New York City. Greater NY is now an independent nonprofit. Via the couple’s foundation, they support outfits like the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City Anti-Violence Project, and Breaking Ground, NYC's largest supportive housing provider.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Effrons' strong focus on New York City to hold for now.
The Cheryl C. & Blair Effron Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Cheryl C. & Blair Effron Family Foundation
1475 Franklin Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530