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Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-09

At A Glance

Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc.

55 E. 59th St., 23rd Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-1701

Telephone: (212) 935-3340


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Politics

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $165,702,570

Total giving: $3,898,481






Incorporated in 1956 in NY - Founded by the late Charles H. Revson, who was a cosmetics industry executive. In 1932, he founded Revlon, Inc., which he subsequently built into a major international corporation and managed it for fifty years. He donated more than ten million dollars during his lifetime. The majority of these gifts went to organizations serving the Jewish community, medical institutions, and schools and universities, particularly in New York, his adopted city. Revson willed half his estate to the foundation upon his death in 1975.

Purpose and Activities

Grants for urban affairs and public policy, with a special emphasis on New York, NY, problems, as well as national policy issues; education, including higher education; biomedical research; and Jewish Life.

Program Area(s)

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

Biomedical Research

The program in biomedical research policy is devoted to the strengthening of basic research through foundation support of programs at key institutions in New York and Israel.

Charles H. Revson Fellowship Program

The foundation has established a number of fellowship programs in the name of Charles H. Revson to encourage talented young people and to provide educational opportunities for men and women. Prospective applicants should write directly to the institutions administering the programs.


The aim of the education program is to help make government more representative of, and more responsive to, its citizens by enhancing their participation in public life.

Jewish Life

Increasing knowledge and understanding of the Jewish heritage is the goal of this program. Through the innovative use of media, policy research, and leadership training, it endeavors to enhance awareness of Jewish history and culture and to build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds.

Urban Affairs

The program is focused on projects that enhance New York City's vitality as a leading and livable urban capital.

Fields of Interest

  • Biology
  • Communication media
  • Community and economic development
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Public administration
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
International Interests
  • Israel
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $165,702,570 (market value)

Expenditures: $9,396,704

Total giving: $3,898,481

Qualifying distributions: $5,616,617