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Gladys Brooks Foundation


Last profile update: 10/30/2017
Last grant data update: 02/24/2018

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






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.