NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Ehrenkranz Partners L.P; Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Jewish Causes
OVERVIEW: Joel Ehrenkranz and his wife, Anne, move their philanthropy through the Ehrenkranz Family Foundation, established in the late 1990s. The charity keeps a low-profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. The Ehrenkranz family strongly supports arts and culture in New York City. Education and health are among their other interests. Board memberships often track with the family's giving and this family is particularly keen on these leadership positions.
BACKGROUND: Joel S. Ehrenkranz graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and an MBA. He also holds LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the New York University School of Law. Ehrenkranz cofounded and currently serves as a senior partner of both Ehrenkranz Partners L.P. and Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz LLP.
ARTS & CULTURE: Ehrenkranz and Anne have been on ARTnews' top 200 art collectors list several times. Anne is a strong force in the family's giving in this area. She's an art historian, photographer and author of books on photography. Ehrenkranz was also once president of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and of the Archives of American Art. The Whitney Museum is home to the the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz curator, and MoMA is the site of the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography. Ehrenkranz is also a vice chair of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a significant grantee. Other grantees have included Asia Society (where Anne is a trustee), International Center of Photography, International Print Center, Met Opera, and National Dance Institute. Apart from New York City, Wyoming is another site of philanthropy. The family, for instance, has supported Grand Teton Music Festival.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Ehrenkranz family has strongly supported the family's alma maters. For Anne, that includes Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Joel Ehrenkranz's schools, UPenn and New York University School of Law, have also been funded. Other grantees have included Bank Street College of Education, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, KIPP New York, New Alternatives for Children, Bronx Excellence Charter School, and Icahn School of Medicine, another particularly big winner.
HEALTH: Important grantees here include Hospital for Special Surgery, where Anne is a trustee and Ehrenkranz is an advisor, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where Anne also sits on the board. Other grantees include Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the SLE Lupus Foundation.
HUMAN SERVICES: The family, via their foundation, has supported outfits like New York Cares, Henry Street Settlement, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
JEWISH CAUSES: Ehrenkranz was once the president of Jewish Communal Fund of New York. The family has supported places like American Jewish Committee, UJA Federation, and Central Synagogue.
OTHER: The family has also supported policy outfits like the Council on Foreign Relations and the Manhattan Institute.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Ehrenkranz to continue to focus their philanthropy on the Big Apple, with a particular eye towards the arts.
The Ehrenkranz Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is an address:
Ehrenkranz Family Foundation
375 Park Ave., Ste. 2800
New York City, NY 10152