Christopher and Barbara Cole

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Environment

OVERVIEW: Christopher Cole and his wife Barbara move their philanthropy through the Griffin-Cole Fund. The couple support their mutual alma mater Princeton University and other outfits in Princeton, New Jersey. Other interests include the arts and the environment. 

BACKGROUND: Christopher A. Cole received an AB in history from Princeton University in 1981 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1985. He joined Goldman Sachs, eventually serving as the chairman of investment banking until 2015. He went on to found Ardea Partners, a private investment banking advisory firm.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: The couple supports their mutual alma mater Princeton University via the Griffin-Cole Fund. Barbara is a trustee emerita Princeton Day School, which she attended and the couple support. Other grantees include St. Paul's School (Barbara graduated from the school), Yale University (Cole's mother worked at the school), New Jersey SEEDS, and Teach for America.

ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees include McCarter Theater, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Morven Museum & Garden, Historical Society of Princeton, and Arts Council of Princeton.

ENVIRONMENT: Funds go to environmental organizations and Cole is on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund. Grantees include New Jersey Conservation Foundation Land Fund; The High Mountain Institute; The Stony Brook–Millstone Watershed Association, a "New Jersey organization devoted to promoting and protecting the watersheds of central New Jersey's Stony Brook and Millstone River, along with associated natural resources and beauty"; and The Trustees of Reservations, a "non-profit land conservation and historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving natural and historical places in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." 

OTHER: Support has gone to Mass General Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The Coles have also directed money to American Jewish World Service and Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple to continue with their interest areas, with an eye towards Central New Jersey.


Griffin-Cole Fund
P.O. Box 73, Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274