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The Pinkerton Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

The Pinkerton Foundation

610 5th Ave., Ste. 316

New York City, NY United States 10020-2403

Telephone: (212) 332-3385


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $694,380,532

Total giving: $37,606,705






Incorporated in 1966 in DE - Founded by the late Robert Allan Pinkerton, a graduate of Harvard College, who served as chairman and C.E.O. of Pinkerton's, Inc. for more than 35 years until his death in 1967. He was the great-grandson of Allan Pinkerton, a Scottish immigrant who founded Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1850. For 117 years until 1967, Pinkerton's remained under the direct management of a family member and grew to become the oldest and largest security company in the world. Pinkerton's, Inc. was sold in 1983 (now a subsidiary of Securitas AB), and today the foundation retains no connection with the company.

Purpose and Activities

Giving to economically disadvantaged children, youth, and families; support also for severely learning-disabled children and adults of borderline intelligence. The foundation is also interested in endeavors that strengthen youth programming in poor communities; and programs that develop an individual's competencies, instill values, and increase opportunities to participate in society.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants Program

Grants are awarded to organizations whose mission and programs are consistent with the foundation’s interests, which include providing engaging cultural enrichment, recreation, work experience and continuing education programs for young people, as well as inter-generational programs and programs that engage young people in high-quality science, technology, engineering and math activities. The foundation favors programs that offer hands-on learning, creative role models and career exploration.

Program-Related Investment

Fields of Interest

  • Arts education
  • Child welfare
  • Education
  • Employment
  • STEM education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $694,380,532 (market value)

Expenditures: $60,502,068

Total giving: $37,606,705

Qualifying distributions: $40,219,436