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Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.

122 E. 42nd St., Ste. 2501

New York City, NY United States 10168-0002

Telephone: (212) 684-6577


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $52,182,712

Total giving: $1,747,812






Incorporated in 1947 in NY - Charles F. Noyes was born in 1878 in Norwich, CT where his father, Charles D. Noyes, was co-publisher of the Norwich Daily Bulletin, the sixth oldest newspaper in the nation. Conscientious and hardworking, Charles at age 12, with earnings from a paper route, bought the news stand concession on the summer steamer run from New London to Block Island. He added magazines and dime novels to his stock of newspapers, hired boys with bicycles to speed delivery on the island, and soon had a thriving business which he operated throughout his high school years. After leaving Norwich Free Academy, Charles moved to New York City and formed a partnership in a small real estate brokerage business. Several years later, in 1905, he established his own firm, the Charles F. Noyes Company, which prospered and expanded until it soon dominated the real estate market of lower Manhattan. Charles Noyes became known as "The Dean of Real Estate" and his views - always optimistic - were widely published by the New York press. When he established the foundation in 1947 as a memorial to his wife, Mr. Noyes set goals that are as valid and relevant today as they were then. It was his hope that those aided by the foundation would share his devotion to the principles which had guided him throughout his life: fairness, integrity, and hard work. Charles Noyes died in 1969 at the age of 91. In his will, he left the foundation additional funds, bringing its total assets to approximately $30 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 envisions a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which all people are able to gain the knowledge and build the power they need to exercise their rights and participate fully in the economic, social and political decisions that affect their lives and communities. The foundation supports grassroots organizations and movements in the United States, that are working to change environmental, social, economic, and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. .

Program Area(s)

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

Environmental Justice

The purpose of this program is to: 1) Advocate for public policies that will prevent and reduce toxic pollution and environmental degradation in low-income communities and communities of color, and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to environmental justice concerns; 2) Develop and implement strategies for economic revitalization and environmental sustainability in communities suffering from environmental damage and the lack of economic opportunity; and 3) Challenge the expansion of corporate power and rights and hold corporations accountable for their impact on the environment. .

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made loans in the areas of the environment and agriculture. It is unlikely the foundation will make future PRIs.

Reproductive Rights

The purpose of this program is to: 1) Advocate for local, state and national policies that protect and expand the rights of all women and girls to access comprehensive reproductive health services and information; 2) Expand the reproductive rights agenda to include a wide range of reproductive health and justice issues, including but not limited to abortion, and place these issues within a broader social justice framework; and 3) Broaden the base of reproductive justice activists at the state level to ensure that young people, low-income, people of color and immigrant communities are engaged in all levels of advocacy and leadership. .

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The purpose of this program is to: 1) Advocate for public policies that advance sustainable farm and food systems and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to sustainable farming and food systems; 2) Increase community control over food systems to advance local food production, regional processing and distribution, just jobs, fair trade, and resource-efficient processes along the food value chain; 3) Counter the further corporate concentration of food production and the industrialization of agriculture; and 4) Develop and implement a market place framework that includes the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental indicators.

Sustainable New York City

The purpose of this program is to: 1) Organize and advocate for public policies that promote sustainable practices and protect the city's environment and the health of its residents; 2) Develop broad and effective coalitions and networks to integrate and advance social, economic and ecological justice; and 3) Demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to environmental concerns.

Fields of Interest

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Reproductive rights
  • Toxic substance control
Population Groups
  • Adults
  • American Indians
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Female adults
  • Females
  • Immigrants
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Migrant workers
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $52,182,712 (market value)

Gifts received: $200,000

Expenditures: $3,524,647

Total giving: $1,747,812

Qualifying distributions: $2,987,882