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Edward John Noble Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Edward John Noble Foundation, Inc.

32 E. 57th St., 19th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-2513

Telephone: (212) 759-4212

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $108,646,685

Total giving: $4,468,379




Trust established in 1940 in CT; incorporated in 1982 - Founded by Edward John Noble, who was co-founder of the Life Savers Corporation in 1913. He also founded the American Broadcasting Company when he purchased the NBC Blue Network in 1943 following the Federal Communications Commission's decree that RCA divest itself of one of its two radio networks.

Purpose and Activities

Grants to major cultural organizations in New York City, especially for educational programs and management training internships. Selected projects concerned with conservation and ecology primarily related to activities on an island off the coast of GA. Supports programs to improve educational opportunities for gifted and talented disadvantaged children in NY. Programs in health education efforts related to family planning and population education.

Program Area(s)

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


To assist major cultural organizations and smaller community organizations located in New York City, primarily in their education programs.


To support the several conservation projects on St. Catherine's Island and selected other national organizations which help preserve the natural environment and to defray the degradation of the planet. Consideration is generally limited to organizations in the Eastern states.


In higher education, giving to encourage effective interdisciplinary programs of environmental studies and awareness of global issues. Consideration limited to private colleges and universities in the Northeast. In secondary education, to support programs likely to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged gifted and talented youth in New York City.


Primarily to support projects which show the greatest promise of stabilizing population and providing effective population education. Consideration generally limited to organizations in Eastern states.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Family planning
  • Music
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Christians
  • Protestants
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $108,646,685 (market value)

Expenditures: $7,239,804

Total giving: $4,468,379

Qualifying distributions: $5,965,928

Giving activities include:

$4,468,379 for 28 grants (high: $2,575,000; low: $2,090)