NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs; Dune Real Estate Partners
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Health & Youth, Education, Human Services
OVERVIEW: Dan Neidich and his wife Brooke move their philanthropy through the Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation, which has given away around $2 million annually of late. Brooke, who is prominent in the art world, plays a large role in the couple's philanthropy. The couple supports quite a few arts outfits each year, particularly in New York. Brooke also co-founded the NYU Child Study Center and Child Mind Institute, both of which deal with children's mental health. Board involvements and personal connections appear key for this funder.
BACKGROUND: Daniel M. Neidich got a B.A. from Yale University in 1972, and an MBA from Stanford in 1974. Neidich joined Goldman Sachs in 1978, and worked in the real estate banking department. In 1984, he made partner and later became co-head of the merchant banking division. In 2004, Neidich founded Dune Real Estate Partners, a New York-based real estate investment firm.
ARTS & CULTURE: Neidich's wife Brooke Garber Neidich plays a big role in the couple's arts and culture giving. Brooke inherited her father's jewelry business, Sidney Garber Fine Jewlery, in 2008, a store where she worked while growing up. What's more, Brooke is on the board of the Whitney Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center Theater. The couple has supported a long trail of arts grantees, including the Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum and the New Museum, also extending modest support for the Jewish Museum and the Bronx Museum, among others. They've also funded Lincoln Center Theatre, and to a lesser extent Roundabout Theatre Company, and Public Theater.
Music programs supported include Jazz at Lincoln Center. Other arts grantees include Tribeca Film Institute, Creative Time, the Drawing Center, Storefront for Art & Architecture, PEN American Center, and Lighthouse International.
Outside New York City, the Neidich foundation's grantmaking has supported Telluride Mountainfilm, and LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), "a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 committed to curating site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles and beyond." The couple is particularly fond of ski town Telluride, Colorado: the connection with LAND is that it is run by a former Whitney Museum Curator.
HEALTH & YOUTH: Brooke chairs the board of the Child Mind Institute (CMI), an outfit she founded with psychiatrist Harold S. Koplewicz after Koplewicz diagnosed a learning issue in one of her children. CMI describes itself as "an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders." The couple has also supported Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation, National Hemophilia Foundation, Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Reproductive health is an interest, and the couple has given grants to National Institute for Reproductive Health, several Planned Parenthood chapters, and Naral Pro-Choice America of late.
EDUCATION: Grantees include East Harlem School, Prep for Prep, Hayground School, Collegiate School, City College Fund, Brown University, Yale University, Stanford University, the Brick Church School, the Pratt Institute, Columbia Teachers College, Chapin School, Hotchkiss School, and CalArts. Many of these schools have personal connections to the family. All of the couple's children attended Brown University, for instance. Neidich, meanwhile, is on the board of trustees of Prep for Prep.
HUMAN SERVICES: Neidich and Brooke have recently supported outfits such as Citymeals on Wheels, Food Bank of New York, Henry Street Settlement, Coalition for the Homeless, and Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
OTHER: The couple has supported the Clinton Foundation (Brooke is good friends with Hillary.) They've also backed Friends of the Highline, Central Park Conservancy, and the 9/11 Memorial.
LOOKING FORWARD: Neidich, who is in his 60s, and Brooke are very active philanthropists. Expect the couple to continue funding their select interest areas, particularly the arts and children's mental health.
The Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation does not provide a avenue of contact, but below is an address:
Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation
P.O. Box 860
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866