Non-profit

H. Van Ameringen Foundation

Location:

NEW YORK, NY

Tax ID:

13-6125699

DUNS Number:

837787743

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $8,991,698
Expenses: $6,182,171
Assets: $97,040,253

Formation:

1967

Director:

Henry van Ameringen

Type:

Nonprofit

The H. van Ameringen Foundation is a private foundation established by noted social-liberal philanthropist Henry van Ameringen in 1967; it is one of the top supporters of LGBT-interest advocacy in the US. The Foundation also makes grants to organizations focused on HIV/AIDS, the legalization of marijuana, and other progressive and left-of-center policy issues. [1] The Foundation is funded almost exclusively by its founder, Henry van Ameringen. His father, Arnold Louis van Ameringen, was the founder of the International Flavors and Fragrances Company (IFF), for which Henry van Ameringen formerly worked as a vice president. [2]

The Foundation is ranked among the top private foundations who fund LGBT issues, with contributions going to 78 different LGBT organizations in 2018, totaling more that $3.9 million. [3] Organizations that receive grants include left-leaning LGBT advocacy groups like Lambda Legal, the Gill Foundation, and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), among numerous others. [4] The Foundation makes grants to a number of other broad left-of-center advocacy groups, including the Center for American Progress (CAP), the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Drug Policy Alliance, Planned Parenthood of New York City, and the Urban Justice Center. [5]

The Foundation keeps a low profile, and does not have a website or staff besides van Ameringen. [6]

History

The H. van Ameringen Foundation was established by Henry van Ameringen in 1967. The Foundation’s primary funder is Henry van Ameringen, the son of Arnold Louis van Ameringen, who founded the International Flavors and Fragrances Company (IFF). Henry van Ameringen formerly served as Vice President of IFF Europe, and as of 1996, held over 7.3 million shares of stock in IFF. [7]

Grantmaking

According to Funders for LGBTQ Issues2018 Tracking Report, the H. van Ameringen Foundation ranked number four in the top private foundations funding LGBT issues in the US. According to the report, only the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation, and the Laughing Gull Foundation exceeded H. van Ameringen Foundation’s $3,922,000 in donations. [8]

While some of the Foundation’s LGBT grants go to local New York City organizations, the Foundation also makes substantial grants to national left-leaning LGBT advocacy groups like Lambda Legal, which received $155,000 between 2013 and 2015; the Gill Foundation, which received $100,000 between 2013 and 2015; and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which received $85,000 between 2013 and 2015. [9]

The Foundation also gives grants to multi-issue liberal and left-of-center organizing and policy driven groups like Center for American Progress (CAP), who received $50,000 in 2014, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who received $30,000 between 2013 and 2015, Drug Policy Alliance, who received $150,000 in 2015, Planned Parenthood of New York City, who received $100,000 between 2013 and 2015, and the Urban Justice Center, who received $150,000 between 2013 and 2015. [10]

Henry van Ameringen is a board member emeritus of the Fountain House,[11] an organization that continues to receive funding from the Foundation, having been granted $285,000 between 2013 and 2015. [12]

Henry van Ameringen is the co-founder and serves on the board of the Galvan Initiatives Foundation,[13] which is annually awarded large grants from his Foundation. Between 2013 and 2015 alone, the Galvan Initiatives Foundation received over $16 million in funding from the H. van Ameringen Foundation. [14]

References

  1. “H. van Ameringen Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ.” Inside Philanthropy. Accessed April 25, 2020. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/fundraising-for-lgbt/h-van-ameringen-foundation-grants-for-lgbt. ^
  2. “SEC Filing: Definitive Proxy Statement.” International Flavors and Fragrances, March 27, 1997. Accessed April 25, 2020. http://ir.iff.com/node/16256/html. ^
  3. “2018 Tracking Report.” Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Accessed April 25, 2020. https://lgbtfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2020.04.02_FINAL_2018TrackingReport_08.pdf. ^
  4. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^
  5. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^
  6. “H. van Ameringen Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ.” Inside Philanthropy. Accessed April 25, 2020. https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/fundraising-for-lgbt/h-van-ameringen-foundation-grants-for-lgbt. ^
  7. “SEC Filing: Definitive Proxy Statement.” International Flavors and Fragrances, March 27, 1997. Accessed April 25, 2020. http://ir.iff.com/node/16256/html. ^
  8. “2018 Tracking Report.” Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Accessed April 25, 2020. https://lgbtfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2020.04.02_FINAL_2018TrackingReport_08.pdf. ^
  9. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^
  10. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^
  11. “Leadership.” Fountain House. Accessed April 25, 2020. https://www.fountainhouse.org/about/leadership. ^
  12. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^
  13. “Leadership.” Galvan Foundation, Accessed April 25, 2020. http://www.galvanfoundation.org/board.php. ^
  14. H. van Ameringen Foundation, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2013-2015, Schedule “Contributions Paid”. ^

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 1953

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Dec Form PF $8,991,698 $6,182,171 $97,040,253 $41,044 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form PF $8,151,170 $5,825,632 $98,845,329 $54,675 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form PF $7,305,844 $4,996,823 $95,099,135 $84,217 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form PF $4,511,236 $4,883,603 $82,209,237 $50,509 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form PF $4,049,139 $4,888,058 $76,810,435 $32,840 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    H. Van Ameringen Foundation

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