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Academy’s First-Ever Comprehensive Campaign Raises $15 Million in Five Years

The Campaign for New York’s Future: Sustainability through Science and Technology comes to a successful close.

Published October 01, 2010

The New York Academy of Sciences announces the successful completion of its five-year $15 million comprehensive campaign. The Campaign for New York’s Future: Sustainability through Science and Technology was launched in 2006 as part of an effort to test the Academy’s capacity to attract philanthropy to support its operating expenses and new programs, and to return the Academy to fiscal sustainability.

“Enduring two years of what was arguably the worst period for philanthropy since the Great Depression, the campaign’s success has confirmed not only that the Academy can successfully attract philanthropic dollars, but that philanthropy is a valuable and even vital part of our fiscal stability, particularly in unpredictable financial climates,” said Kiryn Haslinger Hoffman, Director, Development. “It has also illustrated the commitment and dedication of the Academy’s Board of Governors, whose incredible generosity and 100 percent participation demonstrate their belief in the value of the Academy’s activities, and the importance of philanthropic giving to our continued success.”

With major contributions from more than 150 individual, corporate, private, and charitable organizations, Hoffman said that the campaign succeeded in helping the Academy weather a challenging financial situation while still meeting its budget goals. The campaign has also established a base of charitable giving for the Academy and culture of giving among Academy members and associates, she said. Among the most significant sources of support for the campaign were leadership contributions of more than $1 million each from Len Blavatnik, Herbert Kayden and Gabrielle Reem, and Richard E. Parr. Giving more than $500,000 were Karen E. Burke, The Carson Family Charitable Trust, New York City Council, and John F. Niblack.

At the conclusion of the successful Campaign for New York’s Future Hoffman said that the Academy’s Development Department is already building upon its philanthropic foundations to make future campaigns even more successful. Her next challenge: A campaign marking the Academy’s 200th anniversary in the spring of 2017. “Between the results of our first campaign and the promise of a bicentennial campaign, we have the potential to enter our third century with a strong financial standing and a dedicated and generous philanthropic base,” she said.

Comprehensive Campaign Leadership Donors

Len Blavatnik
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Karen E. Burke
Russell Carson, The Carson Family Charitable Trust
Robert Catell
Cecilia Chan
Peter Corr
Jay Furman
William A. Haseltine
Steve Hochberg
Morton Hyman
Infosys USA Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Herbert J. Kayden and Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem
Life Technologies Foundation
Richard Lounsbery Foundation
Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
Richard and Ronay Menschel, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
The Estate of Richard E. Parr
Jack and Susan Rudin
Merck & Co., Inc.
New York City Council
John Niblack
Novo Nordisk Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Paul Walker, Goldman Sachs Gives
The Selma L. Wiener Living Trust, Inc.
Deborah Wiley