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Robertson Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

Robertson Foundation

101 Park Ave.

New York City, NY United States 10178-0002

Telephone: (212) 984-5714


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: N/A

Total giving: N/A






Established in 1996 in NY - Founded by Julian H. Robertson, Jr., his late wife Josie, and their family. Julian H. Robertson, Jr. is the founder of Tiger Management LLC, an independent investment & wealth management firm. Robertson built it into one of the world’s largest hedge-fund management firms and by mid-1998 assets had soared to about $22 billion. Julian H. Robertson, Jr. has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy

Purpose and Activities

Support for education, general and rehabilitative medicine, medical research and philanthropy and voluntarism.

Program Area(s)

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


The program area supports activities that promote a habitable, sustainable environment. The foundation's primary areas of interest within the environment are climate change and marine conservation. Applications not accepted.

Medical Research

The foundation has supported select oncology research at a number of leading academic medical institutions in the New York area, such as The Rockefeller University, Cancer Research Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As it continues to expand its giving in the area of medical research, the Foundation seeks to leverage its dollars with larger grants from the government or other large foundations. Applications not accepted.

Public School Reform

The goal is to ensure that all children have access to high-quality educational opportunities. The public school reform initiatives seek to address the challenges which negatively impact student achievement. The program utilizes a two-pronged approach: 1) "Reform from Within" - supporting activities that enhance existing system policies and practices, drive more effective use of resources, and conduct demonstration projects which can be adopted throughout public systems; and 2) Drive Change by Generating External Pressure - encouraging competition by supporting the development of charter schools, voucher programs, and resources that enable informed parent choice. Applications not accepted.

Religion and Spirituality

The foundation is committed to reinvigorating religious life in the United States and connecting people with a community of faith. It believes that such a connection - regardless of creed or denomination - reinforces ethical behavior and motivates active engagement driven by a concern for others. These desired outcomes cut across all of the foundation's areas of interest.

Robertson Scholars Program

The program selects thirty-six new Scholars - half matriculate at Duke University and half at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). This four-year merit scholarship provides a comprehensive program of summer enrichment opportunities, mentoring, special courses, and unique access to the resources of its two partner universities. For more information see foundation web site.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Hospital care
  • Protestantism
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Multipurpose centers

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: N/A (market value)

Expenditures: N/A

Total giving: N/A

Qualifying distributions: N/A