NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, 1 Eleven Associates
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services
OVERVIEW: Bruce Slovin moves his philanthropy through the Slovin Foundation, which gave about $2.8 million in a recent year. Slovin created the Center for Jewish History, and has bankrolled the outfit with millions. Jewish causes are very important to this funder. Other interests include education and health, though this giving is much more modest.
BACKGROUND: Born in Brooklyn, Bruce E. Slovin graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Cornell University in 1957 and with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1960. He worked in real estate law but soon developed an interest in finance and acquisitions. Slovin worked alongside Ronald Perelman and served as president of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., and Revlon Group, Inc. until 2000. He went on to become president of 1 Eleven Associates, an investment firm.
JEWISH CAUSES: Slovin founded and co-chairs the Center for Jewish History in New York City, and has given the outfit millions. The Center and its partner institutions "span a thousand years, with tens of millions of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs." Slovin recently gave one of these partner institutions, The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, $3 million to name the YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum, after himself and his late wife.
Other grantees have included American Sephardi Federation, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Jewish Theological Seminary, Park East Synagogue, and UJA Federation of New York, among others.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Slovin has funded his alma mater, Cornell; also, NYU, Saint Ann’s School, Prep for Prep, and Oakwood School in North Hollywood, California. Slovin's son Karl and family are based in the Los Angeles area.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees have included Food for the Poor, City Harvest, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
OTHER: Slovin has supported arts outfits including Museum at Eldridge Street. A component of the family's giving involves conservation organizations, such as The Wilderness Society and Environmental Defense Fund. Slovin's daughter Karen once worked for Conservation Council of Nations and studied natural resources at Cornell.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Slovin's robust support of the Jewish community to continue. However, Slovin's kids should also be watched as their interests develop—they already appear to influence some of the charity's giving.
The Slovin Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
c/o Bruce Slovin
111 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065