NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Investor
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Jewish causes, Arts & Culture, Policy, NYC community
OVERVIEW: James Gerson, his wife Barbara and family move their philanthropy through the Gerson Family Foundation, which gave away $620,000 in a recent fiscal year. The family's giving through their foundation has a Northeast focus. Interests include education and Jewish causes.
BACKGROUND: James D. Gerson has a BA in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia University. He has been a private investor since 2003 and is a portfolio manager of Hudson Capital Appreciation Fund, an affiliate of Fahnestock & Co.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Gerson supports his alma maters Dartmouth and Columbia. One of the couple's sons also graduated from Columbia and Bowdoin College, which has also seen support. Other grantees include Bucknell University, City Year NY, Smith College, Spence School, Trevor Day School, and Agawam Council which supports Camp Agawam, a camp in Maine.
JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include American Israel Education Foundation, Congregation B’nai Israel, Hillel, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Communal Fund, and Women of Reform Judaism.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Gerson family, via their foundation, has supported Actors Shakespeare Project, Atlantic Theater Company, American Modern Ensemble, and Second Stage Theater.
POLICY: Grantees include ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, Council on Foreign Relations, and National Center for Law & Economic Justice.
NYC COMMUNITY: The family has supported NYC human services organizations City Harvest and Food Bank for NYC. Grants have gone to Central Park Conservancy and Arbor Brothers, a "philanthropic organization that finds, funds and supports the most promising early-stage nonprofits in the NY tri-state area."
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Gersons to stick with their select interest areas. Besides Gerson and Barbara, younger family members appear to influence giving through the foundation and should be watched for future interests.
The Gerson Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact, but below is an address:
Gerson Family Foundation
19 W. 95th St.
New York City, NY 10025