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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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Remembering Judith Bronfman

  We are sad to announce that Judith Bronfman, a longtime trustee of the Reisenbach Foundation, passed away last week after a three-year battle with cancer. Judith’s vision and energy set the tone for much of our grants programming over the years, and we keenly feel her loss. In particular, Judith was the driving force behind […]

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Reisenbach Honors First Trailblazer Recipient: Peipei Zhou

We are excited to announce the formation of The Trailblazer Council, a group of young media professionals with distinguished achievements in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and/or volunteer leadership. As our foundation continues to grow, the Trailblazers will assist in our outreach to young adults and advise us on issues-based campaigns. Peipei Zhou, a Global Client Solutions Manager at Facebook, has stepped […]

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2016: Our 25th Year

  Dear Friends, The John A. Reisenbach Foundation is now in its 25th year, and we have many exciting initiatives in the works that will enable us to do even more “For a Better and Safer New York City.” In 2015, we completed the first phase of a three-year scale-up plan, and we are proud to say that […]

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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