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Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 03/18/2018

At A Glance

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc.

135 E. 64th St.

New York City, NY United States 10065-7045

Telephone: (212) 288-8900


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1952 in NY - When Robert Sterling Clark died in 1956, he left one-quarter of his estate to the foundation and one-quarter to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The other half of his estate was left in trust to his wife, Francine. When Mrs. Clark died in 1960, the institution and the foundation shared her portion of the estate. After taxes, the total estate was valued at more than $50 million. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports projects that: 1) promote international cultural engagement; 2) ensure the effectiveness and accountability of public agencies in New York City and State; and 3) protect access to comprehensive reproductive health through litigation and public policy advocacy in New York State and at the federal level.