Brian Friedman and Barbara Shulman

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Jefferies Capital Partners

FUNDING AREAS: Education, Arts & Culture, Health, Jewish Causes, Human Services

OVERVIEW: Brian Friedman, his wife Barbara Shulman, and family move their philanthropy through the Brian P. Friedman Family Foundation. Interests include the arts and Jewish causes, with New York City an important region of giving.

BACKGROUND: Brian P. Friedman earned a B.S. and an M.S. from University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Friedman founded Furman Selz Investments in 1994 and was its president. He later founded Jefferies Capital Partners where he serves as president. 

ISSUES:

EDUCATION: Friedman and his wife Barbara both hold J.D. degrees and Barbara is a practicing lawyer. The couple have supported Columbia Law School and Archer School for Girls.

ARTS & CULTURE: Barbara sits on the board of MCC Theater in Manhattan, which the couple supports. Other grantees include St. Ann's Warehouse and New York Historical Society.

JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include Hebrew Free Burial Association, Center for Jewish History, UJA Federation, and American Jewish Committee. 

HEALTH: The couple has supported Hairy Cell Leukemia Foundation, American Cancer Society; FACES (Finding A Cure for Epilepsy & Seizures); and Promise Project, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children with learning disabilities (LD) get the support they need to learn.” The couple’s son is a doctor specializing in neurology and epilepsy.

HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees include St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, and STRIVE, which deals with job training and employment services.

LOOKING FORWARD: The couple has directed money to a donor-advised fund at Fidelity Charitable, making it tough to fully scope out their giving.  

CONTACT:

Brian P. Friedman Family Foundation
520 Madison Ave., 10th Fl.
New York City, NY 10022