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Gladys Brooks Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-16

At A Glance

Gladys Brooks Foundation

1055 Franklin Ave., Ste. 208

Garden City, NY United States 11530-2903

Telephone: (516) 746-6103


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $36,633,475

Total giving: $1,535,000






Established in 1981 in NY - Gladys Brooks Thayer, under whose will the Gladys Brooks Foundation was created, died on May 1, 1976 at the age of 94. Mrs. Thayer was born in New York City and spent most of her early life in Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Thayer was an avid collector of antique furniture, china, glass, prints, and other artifacts. As the years went on, Mrs. Thayer realized the importance of giving these collections to museums and other institutions, which would maintain them. As a result of the tragic death of her son, she became interested in the welfare of boys, particularly underprivileged boys.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's primary purpose is to provide for the intellectual, moral, and physical welfare of the people of this country by establishing and supporting nonprofit libraries, educational institutions, hospitals, and clinics.

Program Area(s)

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


Support generally for: a) educational endowments to fund scholarships based solely on leadership and academic ability of the student; b) endowments to support salaries of educators who confine their activities primarily to classroom instruction in the liberal arts, mathematics, and the sciences during the academic year; and c) erection or endowment of buildings, wings, or additions thereto of buildings for educational purposes.

Hospitals and Clinics

Support generally for projects that demonstrate one or more of the following: a) a new health need; b) better efficiency in health care; or c) reduced health costs with better patient outcomes.


Library grant applications will be considered for endowments, construction and equipment.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Hospital care
  • In-patient medical care
  • Libraries
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Catholics
  • Children and youth
  • Christians
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $36,633,475 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,046,341

Total giving: $1,535,000

Qualifying distributions: $1,797,920