John Griffin, the founder of Blue Ridge Capital in New York, is yet another Wall Street guy I've been writing about recently who sits on the board of directors at the Robin Hood Foundation. Robin Hood is laser-focused on combating poverty in New York. Griffin and his wife Amy gave the Robin Hood Foundation $1.6 million in 2013 and $750,000 in 2012 alone.
The Griffins not only are involved in charity through the John and Amy Griffin Foundation, but also the Blue Ridge Foundation of New York, which funds technology-based ventures aimed at curbing poverty. The Blue Ridge Foundation recently stopped accepting unsolicted proposals and shifted its focus towards a partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation called Blue Ridge Labs, a Brooklyn-based social impact incubator.
Apart from Blue Ridge Labs and the couple's poverty focus, what else have the Griffins been into in their philanthropy?
1. The Couple Have Been Strong Backers of their Alma Mater
Both Griffin and Amy attended University of Virginia, where millions have gone over the years. In 2011, the Griffins gave $5 million toward a state-of-the-art track and field facility and another $5 million to the university's McIntire School of Commerce. In 2014, another $4 million went to UVA. The McIntere School of Commerce is the site of the Blue Ridge Leadership Fellows Program.
2. The Couple Also Has An Interest in Education Reform in New York
Griffin is the founding chair and currently on the board of IMentor, which builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities. The Griffins sent IMentor nearly $2 million in 2013. Money has also gone to outfits like Teach for All, Harlem RBI, Alliance for School Choice, Prep for Prep, and KIPP New York, which received a little more than $1 million in 2013. Large sums have also gone to the Spence School.
3. Health and Art Are Other Interests
In health, the couple appears to have a particular interest in cancer, funding outfits such as Mt. Sinai Dubin Breast Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In art, a large $5 million gift went to the Signature Center a few years ago, supporting the Signature Theatre in New York City. More recently, modest sums have gone to Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Related: John Griffin Guide