Board & Staff

Meet our dedicated board, staff, and leadership fellows.

Annual Reports

In 2021 our venture philanthropy focused on our three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving with special emphasis on what we call inflection point funding.


Dive into news on our venture philanthropy initiatives.

Grantee Guidelines

We encourage current and prospective grantees to review all guidelines and resources provided here.

Heckscher Scholars

We maintain our own college access program housed at our headquarters in New York City, guiding under-resourced public high school students to four-year private colleges.

Our History

We owe our success to Charles August Heckscher, a visionary, and Arthur and Ruth Smadbeck, friends of Heckscher who shared a deep dedication to public service and who took over a shattered financial and management structure in the 1930s and made possible the survival of the foundation as a major benefactor.