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The Yip Harburg Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-04-01

At A Glance

The Yip Harburg Foundation, Inc.

(formerly The Harburg Foundation, Inc.)

636 Broadway, Ste. 1207

New York City, NY United States 10012

Telephone: (212) 343-9668


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $353,281

Total giving: $77,734






Established in 1981 in NY - Founded in the name of the late Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg, a lyricist of many popular standards. Harburg wrote the lyrics to "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," "It's Only a Paper Moon," as well as all the songs in the film "The Wizard of Oz," including "Over the Rainbow." Harburg shared an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for "The Wizard of Oz." He is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation funds projects that: a) work toward world peace, b) work to end economic and social discrimination and exploitation, racial/ethnic conflicts, and civil injustices; c) provide educational opportunities to low-income and minority students through scholarship organizations; d) advance and promote new works of American political art, especially efforts involving cultural and societal issues; e) preserve and enhance the legacy of E.Y. Harburg through new projects or revivals of his standard works in all media.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Scholarships to college juniors and those at higher levels, and stipends to individuals who are pursuing courses of study or projects in the areas of world peace, discrimination, American political art, or preservation of the works of E.Y. Harburg.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Performing arts
  • Undergraduate education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $353,281 (market value)

Gifts received: $140,201

Expenditures: $342,873

Total giving: $77,734

Qualifying distributions: $335,080