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The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-08-04

At A Glance

The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.

275 Madison Ave., 31st Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10016-1116

Telephone: (212) 239-3030


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-07-31)

Assets: $186,278,239

Total giving: $6,165,520






Incorporated in 1959 in UT; reincorporated in 1981 in NY - The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. was established in the State of Utah in 1959 by its founders, Fan Fox Samuels of Hartford, Connecticut and Salt Lake City, Utah, and her husband, Leslie R. Samuels of Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. and Mrs. Samuels were married in 1940 and settled in New York City. After forty one years of residence in New York City, their active business, social, and cultural lives were concentrated in the Metropolitan area and they felt the foundation's support should be targeted to the betterment of the people of New York. Therefore, in 1981, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. was reorganized in the State of New York as a not-for-profit foundation

Purpose and Activities

Grants for the performing arts, and health care and social services for the elderly, including palliative and end-of-life care, health systems, and quality measurement.

Program Area(s)

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

Healthy Aging

The mission of the foundation's health care program is to improve the health care and overall quality of life for the elderly of New York City. Success will be measured by the positive impact that the program has on people's lives. The program focuses on patient-based and social service activities that directly help the elderly of New York City. It will aim to improve the way health and social services are delivered by providing support for innovative, effective, efficient and caring organizations. The foundation will consider funding high quality, direct service providers who: 1) Increase/enhance access and availability of support, care or services especially for: those with acute or chronic illness; those requiring palliative care; family or friends who act as caregivers; 2) Create positive, measurable changes in quality; 3) Demonstrate more cost-effective ways of delivering needed services; 4) Develop programs and provide services to those who are traditionally underserved, such as the immigrant and the economically disadvantaged elderly; 5) Increase the availability and quality of programs that allow older adults to remain in their homes and delay to need for long-term institutional care; 6) Improve the quality-of-life of the elderly who are residents of long-term care facilities; 7) Improve the way professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers) and paraprofessionals (nursing aides) care for older adults and help to increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals who care for the growing elderly population. Programs supported by the foundation must meet a demonstrable need of New York City's aging population. They must be designed to deliver services or alter the behavior of either providers or consumers. They should meet current needs or lay the groundwork to meet future needs and must have the potential to become sustainable and self-sufficient without further funding from the Samuels Foundation. The foundation is particularly concerned with the availability and quality of health care received by the elderly. Faced with the realization that the number of elderly people is growing, the foundation is committed to using its grant funds to work toward changing the system for the better.

Performing Arts

The foundation's core mission in the performing arts is to support performing companies and presenters who deliver work of the highest artistic quality in the fields of dance, music, opera, and theater. The foundation also supports programs of professional education and development for students pursuing the performing arts as a career, and for young professionals. The foundation no longer solicits applications for support of arts-in-education programs at the primary and secondary level. Each year, the foundation also makes a very limited number of special project grants to help the performing arts community address important issues. These have included audience development, access for the disabled, preservation and the effect of the AIDS epidemic on the performing arts community. In accordance with the wishes of its founders, the foundation continues to be a major supporter of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and many of its constituent organizations.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation is open to awarding PRIs, but it will only be done on an occasional and infrequent basis. .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Dance
  • Human services
  • Medical support services
  • Music
  • Opera
  • Out-patient medical care
  • Palliative care
  • Performing arts
  • Retirement housing
  • Theater
Population Groups
  • Adults
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-07-31

Assets: $186,278,239 (market value)

Expenditures: $8,781,369

Total giving: $6,165,520

Qualifying distributions: $7,633,198

Giving activities include:

$6,165,350 for 224 grants (high: $200,000; low: $65)

$170 for 1 employee matching gift