NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Samlyn Capital
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, NYC community
OVERVIEW: Robert Pohly and his wife Julie move their philanthropy through the Pohly-Turaj Family Foundation. The couple supports their mutual alma mater, Yale. Another interest is arts and culture; Julie serves on several boards. Annual grantmaking lately has been around half a million dollars.
BACKGROUND: Robert S. Pohly graduated with a B.A. in history from Yale and worked at Sigma, Credit Suisse, Tiger Management, and Goldman Sachs. He went on to found Samlyn Capital.
ARTS & CULTURE: Julie Pohly sits on the board of New York Theatre Ballet and TADA! Youth Theater, which the couple both support via their family foundation. The couple’s daughters have performed with TADA! as well. Other grantees include Lincoln Center Theater, The New York Pops (Pohly sits on the board), Theater for the NYC, and The Public Theater.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Both Pohly and Julie attended Yale, which they support. Other grantees include The Dalton School (the couple are Dalton parents), and Baby Buggy.
NYC COMMUNITY: Julie sits on the board of New York Cares, “a nonprofit organization focused on volunteer management and was founded by a group of New York residents in 1987 who wanted to take action against social issues in New York City.” The Pohlys have supported the organization, as well as Friends of the High Line. They’ve also supported select health outfits in the metropolitan area.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Pohlys' local focus to continue for now, with grantmaking largely tracking with board memberships and personal connections.
The Pohly-Turaj Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Pohly-Turaj Family Foundation
1177 Avenue of the Americas, No. 18
New York, NY 10036