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Puffin Foundation, Ltd.


Last Updated: 2016-01-31

At A Glance

Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

20 Puffin Way

Teaneck, NJ United States 07666-4167


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $14,387,141

Total giving: $2,394,821






Established in 1985 in NY

Purpose and Activities

The foundation make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. Current areas of interest are music, photography, theater and public interest.

Program Area(s)

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


Grants are for emerging artists whose work might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy. Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500. Applicants must be permanent residents and citizens of the United States. U.S. citizens whose projects encompass work in other countries are still eligible to apply.

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants to emerging artists in the U.S. in the areas of video/film, fine arts, dance, and public interest.

Puffin Nation Award for Creative Citizenship

The Puffin Foundation and the Nation Institute are the mutual sponsors of an annual award in the amount of $100,000 given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through a distinctive, courageous, imaginative, socially responsible work of significance. Candidates are to be found in a broad range of occupations and pursuits, including academia, journalism, public health, literature, art, the environmental sciences, labor and the humanities. The prize is intended to encourage the recipients to continue their work, and to inspire others to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies they face in their careers.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Dance
  • Film and video

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $14,387,141 (market value)

Gifts received: $3,002,114

Expenditures: $3,141,037

Total giving: $2,394,821

Qualifying distributions: $2,859,229

Giving activities include:

$1,242,778 for grants

$1,152,043 for 355 grants to individuals