Ernst and Patricia Ohnell

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Ohnell Capital, Communications Supply Corp.

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

OVERVIEW: Ernest Ohnell and his wife Patricia move their philanthropy through the Ohnell Family Foundation, which gave $538,000 in a recent year. The couple's giving focuses on the Northeast; Ohnell sits on the board of the Manhattan Institute. 

BACKGROUND: Ernst (Nick) Ohnell founded and served as CEO of Communications Supply Corp., (now a subsidiary of WESCO) which distributes data communications and security products and services. Ohnell went on to found Ohnell Capital in 1997. 


EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Ohnells, via their foundation, have supported Achievement First, Cristo Rey High School, Foundation for Economic Education, Purchase College Foundation, and The Small Things (TST), which "works to build families and futures for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania."

POLICY: Ohnell sits on the board of the Manhattan Institute, which the couple supports. They've also supported Cato Institute and Yankee Institute for Policy.

ARTS & CULTURE: Ohnell and Patricia are vice chairs of Storm King Art Center, which they've supported, along with Katonah Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and Perez Art Museum. 

ENVIRONMENT: Grantees have included Black Rock Forest Consortium and Audubon Greenwich.

OTHER: The couple supports medical outfits Breast Cancer Alliance, and Cancer Research and Treatment. Grants have gone to Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Ohnells to stick with their select interest areas. 


The Ohnell Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

The Ohnell Family Foundation
75 Khakum Wood Rd.
Greenwich, CT 06831