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About Reisenbach

The John A. Reisenbach Foundation has worked “For a Better and Safer New York” since 1991.  Through grants and strategic partnerships, we address systemic problems like unequal access to education and job training that keep individuals vulnerable and that contribute to poverty and crime. We strive every day to support safety, security, and a high quality of life for all New Yorkers.

The Foundation was created to honor the life of advertising executive John A. Reisenbach, who was the victim of a random murder in Greenwich Village in 1990.  John’s friends, family, and colleagues knew that there could be no better tribute to a kind and compassionate man than a foundation that served his community. Since its incorporation in 1991, the Foundation has benefited countless New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

The Foundation is rooted in the advertising and media industries, which helped form our organization and which provide its core funding. In recent years, our reach has expanded to encompass corporate and individual donors from across the city (and beyond!). All of us at the Reisenbach Foundation are deeply thankful to our supporters, and we are delighted that you share our vision for New York City.



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2016 Distinguished Citizenship Award Recipient: Marla Kaplowitz

Our third honoree is Marla Kaplowitz, Chief Executive Officer of MEC North America. Like our other two honorees, Marla is committed to philanthropy and expanding the influence of the media community within that realm. Learn more about Marla below: As CEO of MEC North America, Marla has been at the helm of driving forward the agency’s strategic […]

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2016 Distinguished Citizenship Award Recipient: Jacki Kelley

The John A. Reisenbach Foundation will  be honoring Jacki Kelley COO of Bloomberg Media this year at our 25th Annual Gala for a Better and Safer New York. Jacki is an esteemed member of the media community and we are proud to have her as one of this year’s honorees. Read more about Jacki and […]

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2016 Distinguished Citizenship Award Recepient: Anna Griffin

We are excited to honor Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at CA Technologies, Anna Griffin. Anna is an inspiring woman, who throughout her career has made several strides on behalf of the media community, and the youth outreach. We are delighted to induct her into the Reisenbach Foundation’s family of honorees this year. Learn more […]

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I deeply appreciate our ongoing partnership with the John A. Reisenbach Foundation.
JAR’s generous support of our efforts to prepare highly effective educators, who in turn
raise achievement levels and create success for the many marginalized recently-arrived
high school age English language learners within the NYC Department of Education, is
a testament to your great work to create a better and safer New York City for all of its

Claire E. Sylvan
Executive Director & President, Internationals Network for Public Schools

On behalf of hundreds of volunteer groups across New York City, Citizens Committee expresses its sincere thanks to the John A. Reisenbach Foundation for its steadfast support of  neighborhood-based public safety projects over the past 16 years. From community patrols, to youth groups partnering with their local precincts on block cleanups, to workshops against gun and gang violence, the John A. Reisenbach Foundation’s generosity has allowed grassroots groups to transform their communities into safer and friendlier places

Peter H. Kostmayer
CEO, Citizens Committee for New York City

I would like to thank the Reisenbach Foundation for its generous support of the New
York City Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Program. Crime Stoppers has helped
clear over 5,000 violent felony charges through anonymous tips to the NYPD. Your
financial support of the program helps the NYPD arrest dangerous criminals, ensures
the anonymity of callers and maintains the reward fund. The Reisenbach Foundation
has played a major role in keeping our city safe.

Gregg Roberts
Executive Director, NYC Police Foundation