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Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/16/2018
Last grant data update: 06/14/2018

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

  • Family foundation






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. .