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The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-02-15

At A Glance

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc.

17 W. 17th St., 9th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10011-5510

Telephone: (646) 839-5911


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $4,501,397

Total giving: $2,580,685






Established in 1991 in NY

Purpose and Activities

In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.

Program Area(s)

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

Himalyan Art Project

The Himalayan Art Project, maintains an extensive collection of Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese thangkas and supports the production and dissemination of a wide range of educational and art-related material. The project provides grants to museums and monasteries in the United States and other nations, is supporting the publication of a book presenting a portion of its art collection, and is building a virtual museum at the foundation’s website (

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Cultural awareness
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Ethnic museums
  • Higher education
Population Groups
  • Children
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $4,501,397 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,075,735

Total giving: $2,580,685

Qualifying distributions: $4,053,747