Skip to main content

The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Inc.

950 3rd Ave., 30th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-2705

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $745,434

Total giving: $418,875






Incorporated in 1942 in NY - Founded by the late Carl Pforzheimer, who was a leading investment banker and the owner of Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation maintains publishing and research activities in connection with the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library collection at the New York Public Library in the general field of American and English literature; giving primarily for higher and secondary education; support also for libraries, and cultural programs, public administration, a national municipal organization, and health care.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Civic participation
  • Civics for youth
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Libraries
  • Linguistics
  • Literature and writing
  • Nursing care
  • Performing arts
  • Public administration
  • Reading promotion
  • Secondary education
  • Theater
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Military personnel
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $745,434 (market value)

Gifts received: $875,209

Expenditures: $634,732

Total giving: $418,875

Qualifying distributions: $775,610