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About Us

Philanthropy New York is the principal professional community of philanthropic foundations based in the New York City region. Taken together, our 285 member organizations—including the leading private, corporate, family, and public grantmaking foundations in the world—each year provide support totaling more than four billion dollars to thousands of nonprofit organizations and NGOs located in New York, the U.S., and around the world, which in turn focus on an almost endless range of issues and concerns.

Our Mission

Created as a nonprofit organization in 1979 by New York City-based foundations, Philanthropy New York enhances and increases the ability of organizational and individual philanthropists located in the New York region, whose missions focus on New York, the United States, and around the globe, to serve the public good.

To this end, Philanthropy New York:

  • Supports meaningful collaboration and knowledge-sharing among funders and their grantee organizations;
  • Promotes effective, strategic philanthropy through programs, services, and resources;
  • Informs and advances public policies that support effective philanthropy and a productive nonprofit sector;
  • Fosters effective communications about the value of philanthropy and the philanthropic sector to the larger community; and
  • Develops a diverse and capable group of future philanthropic leaders.

What we don’t do:

  • Tell our member foundations where, to whom, or how to make their grants. Although Philanthropy New York members actively collaborate with each other, each is an autonomous organization that makes its own grantmaking policies and decisions.
  • Help connect grantseekers and grantmakers or offer advice to grantseekers on how or to whom to apply for funding.

In This Area

  • Staff and Department Directory
    Find contact information for Philanthropy New York staff and how they can assist you.
  • Governance
    Includes information on the nomination process for the Board of Directors, current Board members, and the members and mission statements of standing and special committees.
  • Governance Principles
    Read Philanthropy New York's statement of shared values and professional practices, along with sets of principles put forward by colleague organizations.
  • 2014-2016 Strategic Plan
    Philanthropy New York's Board of Directors has approved our latest Strategic Plan. Learn more about our objectives for the next three years.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Philanthropy New York.
  • About Regional Associations
    Frequently asked questions about regional associations of grantmakers.


  • Philanthropy New York 2012 Annual Report
    Our annual report examines the benefits of Philanthropy New York membership, including a Member Engagement Checklist and Member Engagement Profiles, and contains our financial statements, highlights from the past year and information about the Board, staff and member organizations of Philanthropy New York.
  • PNY Member Engagement Checklist
    Our members can use the Checklist to see how many ways they can take advantage of their PNY membership and its benefits.
  • What is Philanthropy New York? [PDF]
    One-page overview of Philanthropy New York.
  • Philanthropy New York Milestones: Our First 30 Years [PDF]
    From our 2008 Annual Report—a list of some of the most important events from the past 30 years of Philanthropy New York (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers).
  • Philanthropy New York's Green Workspace
    Philanthropy New York worked with Holzman Moss Architecture to design a workspace that is responsible to the environment. Learn about each element of the design and ideas for greening your office space.


  • GuideStar
    GuideStar’s mission is to promote philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency and encourages charitable giving. GuideStar provides an online database of all IRS-registered charities. (Philanthropy New York's most recent 990 is available on GuideStar.)