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Trust for Mutual Understanding


Last Updated: 2016-07-15

At A Glance

Trust for Mutual Understanding

P.O. Box 5016

New York City, NY United States 10185-5016

Telephone: (212) 843-0404


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $41,694,319

Total giving: $1,941,070






Established in 1984 in NY

Purpose and Activities

Support to American nonprofit organizations for professional exchanges in the arts and environmental fields between the United States, Russia, and Eastern and Central Europe. Support is provided for travel and related expenses for exchange projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities.

Program Area(s)

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


TMU's program encompasses the visual and performing arts, traditional as well as contemporary. Includes creative artistic collaborations, curatorial research projects, performances given in conjunction with lectures, demonstrations and workshops, conservation and historic preservation projects, arts management programs, and cultural documentation activities.


Examples of environmental exchanges supported by TMU include ecosystem and habitat conservation programs, land use planning projects, activities that facilitate more effective international contact between environmental organizations, measures designed to preserve biodiversity, and efforts to encourage environmental sustainability.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Biodiversity
  • Dance
  • Environment
  • Historic preservation
  • International exchange
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Natural resources
  • Performing arts
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
  • Wildlife biodiversity
International Interests
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Eastern Europe
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $41,694,319 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,248,357

Total giving: $1,941,070

Qualifying distributions: $3,022,463