The Commonwealth Fund
1 E. 75th St.
New York City, NY United States 10021-2692
Type of Grantmaker
Incorporated in 1918 in NY - Stephen V. Harkness began his career in New York State's Finger Lake region at age 15 as an apprentice harness maker. Harkness eventually settled in Ohio and became a successful businessman. He invested early in the petroleum refining business and provided funds at a critical moment in the history of the fledgling Standard Oil Company. After his death in 1888, his wife Anna moved the family to New York City where she gave to religious, welfare, and cultural institutions. Anna Harkness founded The Commonwealth Fund in 1918. The fund's first president was her son, Edward Stephen Harkness, who shared his mother's commitment to building a responsive and socially concerned philanthropy and who, over the years, gave generously to the fund's endowment