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Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 05/18/2018

At A Glance

Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation

(formerly The Ortenberg Foundation)

1385 Broadway, 23rd Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10018

Telephone: (212) 333-2536


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment






Established in 1984 in NY - Founded by the late Elisabeth "Liz" Claiborne Ortenberg and Arthur Ortenberg. Liz Claiborne was a fashion designer and entrepreneur, best known for founding Liz Claiborne Inc., the first company founded by a woman to make the Fortune 500. Ms. Claiborne was the also the first woman to become chairperson and C.E.O. of a Fortune 500 company.

Purpose and Activities

The board of directors has identified two primary program interests for the foundation: 1) Mitigation of conflict between the land and resource needs of rural communities and conservation of biological diversity; and 2) Implementation of field-based scientific, technical and practical training programs in conservation biology for local people. The foundation typically funds modest, carefully designed field activities--primarily in developing countries and in the northern Rocky Mountains region of the United States--in which local communities have substantial proprietary interest.