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The Overbrook Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

The Overbrook Foundation

60 E. 42nd St., Ste. 565

New York City, NY United States 10165

Telephone: (212) 661-8710


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $167,713,218

Total giving: $6,169,528






Incorporated in 1948 in NY - The Overbrook Foundation was established in New York in 1948 by Helen and Frank Altschul. The foundation took its name from Overbrook Farm, the Altschul family home in Stamford, Connecticut. The foundation is currently led by a staff of seven and governed by a Board of 13 Directors. Of these, most are third and fourth generation family members. Currently the foundation has an endowment of approximately $130 million and awarded $6.1 million in grants during 2011. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $160 million in grants. The foundation 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 is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment. .

Program Area(s)

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


The program focuses on biodiversity conservation in Latin America and sustainable production and consumption in the United States. In Latin America, its geographic focus includes Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and, in certain circumstances, the nations of Central America. It seeks out efforts that support innovative ideas in sustainability, particularly around the production and consumption of materials. The migration of climate change, with a particular focus on energy efficiency, receives distinct but limited support.

Human Rights

The program supports organizations within the U.S. that are advancing the U.S. domestic human rights movement where Overbrook has played a leadership role since 2005. It also continues its grantmaking to strengthen gender rights in the U.S. where it has a long history of support for women's rights, LGBT rights and anti-trafficking efforts. Building the reproductive justice movement and advancing marriage equality for same-sex couples are central elements of the gender rights focus. Media reform and support of non-profit media continue to receive support for non-profit electronic and print media and efforts to reform the media landscape. This represents the foundation's contribution to progressive movement building in the U.S. Other movement building efforts not defined as human rights will be phased out. In the Latin America grantmaking program, the foundation supports human rights defenders and gender rights organizations.

Fields of Interest

  • Antidiscrimination
  • Human rights
  • Individual liberties
  • Natural resources
  • Reproductive rights
International Interests
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Latin America
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Female children and youth
  • Female young adults
  • Females
  • Indigenous peoples
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $167,713,218 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,349,264

Total giving: $6,169,528

Qualifying distributions: $7,972,378