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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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Trailblazer Spotlight: Michelle Aragon of MAGNA

We are so excited to introduce Michelle Aragon of Magna Global as part of our Reisenbach Trailblazer Council. She is a rising star at her organization and in the New York philanthropy realm. Here, she shares some thoughts on New York City, philanthropy, and the Reisenbach Foundation: What is your current position?        VP, Business Solutions […]

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Congrats to the Doe Fund’s Ready Willing and Able Class of 2017

On March 23, The Reisenbach Foundation was invited to The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able Class of 2017 Graduation. The Doe Fund’s signature program, Ready, Willing and Able provides education, job training, and transitional housing for formerly incarcerated and homeless men. At the event, past and present Ready, Willing and Able graduates discussed how […]

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Meet Our Reisenbach Scholars: Michael Santoro

Meet Michael Santoro, a current recipient of the John A. Reisenbach Scholarship at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An NYPD Sergeant, Michael is also pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice. Read his story below: Describe your current work and career path for the future. My current career started in July of 2010 when […]

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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