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The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-03

At A Glance

The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation

1 Battery Park Plz.

New York City, NY United States 10004-1482

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $2,433,767

Total giving: $1,190,000






Established in 1997 in NY - Founded by the late Ernst C. Stiefel, who was a German-born Jewish lawyer who fled Adolph Hitler, and became one of Germany's pre-eminent lawyers who also practiced in NY. Steifel made it one of his life's missions to document and chronicle the contributions made to dozens of foreign legal systems by refugee Jewish lawyers. As an adviser to the Allied military government in Germany after World War II, he helped lay the legal groundwork for a system of restitution and reparation that by the German Government's own account has sent more than $50 billion to Holocaust survivors living abroad. He also held a position with the wartime Office of Economic Warfare studying international insurance company records to identify strategic German industrial targets.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Senior services
  • Special population support
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Seniors
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $2,433,767 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,207,916

Total giving: $1,190,000

Qualifying distributions: $1,190,000

Giving activities include:

$1,190,000 for 23 grants (high: $225,000; low: $10,000)