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Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

488 Madison Ave., 9th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-5723

Telephone: (212) 661-1967


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-09-30)

Assets: $56,079,947

Total giving: $1,849,318






Incorporated in 1943 in NY - The Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1943 to serve as a vehicle for its founder's benefactions in the field of the visual arts. On Mr. Lehman's death in 1969, his entire collection, one of the most extraordinary and wide-ranging in the world, was bequeathed to the foundation. After considering various alternatives, the foundation entered into negotiations with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of which Mr. Lehman had been Chair. These negotiations were quickly brought to a conclusion, and on Jan. 30, 1970, the collection of more than three thousand works of art, dating from the early Renaissance to the 20th Century, was transferred to the Metropolitan Museum, where it is housed today in the Robert Lehman Wing

Purpose and Activities

Support for the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the Robert Lehman collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; giving to museums, arts organizations, educational institutions and other cultural organizations with the goal of enhancing the role of the visual arts within American and world culture.

Program Area(s)

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

Art Lectureship Program

The purpose of the lectureship is to provide colleges with the opportunity to enrich their art history curricula by inviting noted art historians and/or artists to lecture on a topic related to at least one course offered in that particular semester. The program's ultimate goal is to extend the exposure of students, faculty and the surrounding community to the ideas of noted professionals in the field of the visual arts to whom they would otherwise not be afforded access. Proposals of no more than two pages and program budget must be received by Sept. 15.

Fields of Interest

  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Community service for youth
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Museums
  • University education
  • Visual arts
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-09-30

Assets: $56,079,947 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,699,917

Total giving: $1,849,318

Qualifying distributions: $2,157,197