NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Stockbroker, investor
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Environment & Historic Preservation, Arts & Culture
OVERVIEW: Edward Hart Rice, his sister, the author and psychiatrist Eve Rice, and family move their philanthropy through the Rice Family Foundation, which gave around $4.6 million in a recent year. The family are strong supporters of Yale University. Other interests include the arts, education, health, and the environment.
BACKGROUND: Edward Hart Rice is the son of real estate broker Henry Hart Rice. Edward is a stockbroker and major Democratic donor. He keeps a low profile and is based in Virginia.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Eve Rice graduated with a B.A. from Yale before working as a freelance author and artist of children’s books and a psychiatrist. She is a trustee of her alma mater. The Rice family's support of Yale includes helping to build an urban studies program, fostering public service careers for women, supporting collections at the Yale University Art Gallery and libraries, and promoting international research experiences for students. Supported has gone to Westchester Community College, Brandeis University, NYU, Rutgers University Foundation, and Chess in the Schools. NYU is home to the Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum.
HEALTH: Interestingly, the Rice family hasn't focused on mental health via their foundation of late, despite Eve's background in psychiatry. Rather, reproductive health and reproductive rights appear to be a top interest: the Rices are strong supporters of Planned Parenthood. Other grantees include Center for Reproductive Rights, Northern Westchester Hospital, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
ENVIRONMENT & HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Grantees include The Nature Conservancy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Westchester Land Trust, and North Castle Historical Society.
ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees include The Met, American Museum of Natural History, Westchester Libraries, and Smithsonian Institution, which received a seven-figure gift recently. The family seems to have an interest in public media: Edward sits on the board of WETA in the Washington, D.C., area. The family has supported WETA, as well as WNYC and WNET.
OTHER: Grantees include civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center and The Hastings Center, which deals with bioethics.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the family's steady giving to continue.
Rice Family Foundation
256 Bedford Banksville Rd.
Bedford, NY 10506