Roy J. Zuckerberg

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Health, Jewish Causes, Arts & Culture, Education, Human Services, NYC Community & Environment

OVERVIEW: Roy Zuckerberg and family move their philanthropy through the Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation. The family strongly supports a select group of health outfits, with cancer research being one interest; another is facial deformities, philanthropy which has a personal element. The Zuckerberg family has also been active in support of Jewish causes, both in the U.S. and in Israel. Other areas of interest include education and arts and culture. The family's philanthropy has a New York area focus.

BACKGROUND: Roy J. Zuckerberg received a B.S. from Lowell Technological Institute in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1967 in securities sales and became a general partner in 1976. Zuckerberg was also the head of the equities division and vice chairman of the firm. In 2004, he founded Samson Capital Advisors, which recently acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation.


HEALTH: Zuckerberg and his family have given their largest sums of late in this area. Zuckerberg has been heavily involved with North Shore LIJ Health System (now Norwell Health), and once served as chairman. In a recent fiscal year, the family through their foundation gave more than $1.6 million to North Shore LIJ Health System Foundation. The couple has also strongly supported Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, "a private, nonprofit institution with research programs focusing on cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics, genomics and quantitative biology." Zuckerberg sits on the board of trustees of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Zuckerbergs have also supported outfits like American Red Cross In Greater NY, NYU Langone Medical Center, Child Mind Institute, andLenox Hill Hospital. They've also helped fund myFace, which helps those dealing with facial deformities and Operation Smile, which supports children with cleft lip or palate. Barbara Zuckerberg is president of myFace and daughter Dina works for the outfit.

JEWISH CAUSES: Zuckerberg and family through their foundation have steadily supported Jewish outfits. Grantees have included Jewish Foundation For The Righteous, American Friends Of Libi, American Friends Of The Israel Museum, and American Association Ben Gurion University. Zuckerberg is a chairman emeritus of the board of governors of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, the site of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. The institute "leads interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and graduate education in water sciences, aimed at improving human well-being in drylands through technologies and policies for sustainable use of water resources." 

ARTS & CULTURE: The Zuckerberg family's foundation has funded a select group of arts and culture outfits out late. The Met and Lincoln Center have been big winners here lately. Other recent grantees have included Parsons Dance Foundation, The Morgan Library, and American Tap Dance Foundation. 

EDUCATION: Recent grantees have included The Caedmon School, The Hotchkiss School, Montclair State University Foundation, Americans For Oxford, and University Of Massachusetts Foundation. Some of these schools have a personal connection to the family. Son Lloyd Zuckerberg is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School, and published a book on the architectural history of the school. 

HUMAN SERVICES: The Zuckerbergs have supported outfits such as Palm Beach United Way, Freedom From Addiction, Hospice Of Palm Beach County, and the Phoenix House.

NYC COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT: Grantees have included NY Public Radio, NY Landmarks Conservancy, Nassau Land Trust, and Peconic Land Trust, where son Lloyd has sat on the board. 

LOOKING FORWARD: Down the line, we'll have to keep track of the family's next generation of philanthropy. The couple's children already motivate some of their giving.


Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address

Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation
77 Water St., 9th Fl.
New York City, NY 10005