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The Robert Bowne Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-02-05

At A Glance

The Robert Bowne Foundation, Inc.

6 E. 39th St., 10th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10016-0112

Telephone: (212) 792-6250


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2012-12-31)

Assets: $7,625,961

Total giving: $1,791,000





Additional Contact Information

Additional tels.: for Lena Townsend, Exec. Dir.: (212) 658-5873; for Anne Lawrence, Prog. Off. (212) 658-5874


Incorporated in 1968 in NY - The foundation was established by Edmund A. Stanley, Jr., and named in honor of merchant Robert Bowne (1744-1818), founder of Bowne & Co.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports the development of quality programs that offer literacy education during the out-of-school hours, to children and youth of New York City, especially those who live in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Out-Of-School Education

The foundation's first priority is to support individual programs that make literacy education an integral part of their work and provide quality experiences for young people, and organizations that support the ongoing development of participants, staff, families, and communities as learners. An additional priority is to identify, develop, support, and disseminate research and practices that will significantly impact out-of-school education policy. It is the foundation's hope that improved policies will lead to youth-centered, quality out-of-school programs for all young people.

Fields of Interest

  • Cooperative education
  • Human services
  • Out-of-school learning
  • Parent education
  • Reading promotion
  • Youth organizing
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2012-12-31

Assets: $7,625,961 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,411,908

Total giving: $1,791,000

Qualifying distributions: $1,791,000

Giving activities include:

$1,791,000 for grants