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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Grantee Highlight: Safe Horizon

Today, for our fourth installment in our Summer in a Safe City campaign (#NYCSafeSummer), we want to introduce another one of our grantees, Safe Horizon, an amazing organization that serves as one of the largest victims’ services agencies in the United States. Throughout the greater New York area, they offer assistant in 57 locations, with […]

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“Fun in the Sun” Friday Post: (7/24)

  Hey Reisenbach Friends! Today is another day “Fun in the Sun” Friday Post series! I’m here to show you some great an installment of fun activities and volunteer opportunities across the city. I’ll still be taking suggestions up until the second week of July Have anything you think other people may be interested in? Email me […]

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#NYCSafeSummer: Halfway To Our Fundraising Goal!

This month, we are raising support for all of our programs via our Summer in a Safe City (#NYCSafeSummer) campaign. As of today, we are halfway to our goal of an additional $15K to support our work throughout New York!  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far; we truly appreciate your generosity! […]

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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 NYC

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