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Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-20

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

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $102,788,220

Total giving: $4,982,607






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.

Fields of Interest

  • Biodiversity
  • Environment
  • Natural resources
  • Wildlife biodiversity
  • Zoos
International Interests
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America
  • Developing Countries
  • Oceania
  • South America
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $102,788,220 (market value)

Gifts received: $56,943,697

Expenditures: $5,965,719

Total giving: $4,982,607

Qualifying distributions: $5,894,873