June 26th Celebration

On Monday, June 26th, 2017, 600 guests, including politicians, artists, environmentalists, and nonprofit leaders gathered at the Arthur Ross Garden of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to raise a glass to 70 years of grantmaking and to celebrate the 90th birthday of Joan K. Davidson, President Emeritus, and noted New York philanthropist. Throughout Ms. Davidson’s 20-year tenure as President of the Fund, the organization was a critical early stage funder of some of New York City’s most beloved and cherished institutions – from saving Carnegie Hall to creating Green Markets to funding the research that launched the city’s MUNI-ID program – the Fund has been and continues to be a leader in the areas of historic preservation, the built and natural environment, human rights, and arts and culture.

Ms. Davidson also served as NYS Parks Commissioner under Mario Cuomo and as Head of the NYS Council of the Arts. To date, the Fund has contributed 17,000 grants totaling over $246,000,000.

Below are photos from the evening.