Person

Lois Stainman

Lois Stainman is a left-of-center philanthropist. She is the wife of Arthur Stainman, a managing director at the asset management firm First Manhattan Company. She is the vice president of the Stainman Family Foundation, a grant-making foundation created by her husband in 1998 to make contributions to left-of-center organizations.

Early Life

Lois Stainman was born on February 10, 1942. [1] She attended Columbia University, and received a master’s degree in social work in 1968. [2] In 1987, she began work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as a researcher and lecturer in the museum’s American Paintings and Sculpture Department. [3]

Grantmaking

Stainman is the fifth-largest donor to People for the American Way, a social-liberal organization that  seeks to limit the spread of right-of-center principles and ideas. The organization also seeks to elect left-of-center candidates to elected office. [4] While People for the American Way is not required to reveal its donors, it has released a statement that lists Stainman as having contributed a total of $566,717 to the organization. [5]

In 2014, the Stainman Family Foundation, which is operated and supported by Lois and Arthur Stainman, provided People for the American Way with a $125,000 contribution. [6]

Political Contributions

Lois Stainman has contributed to various Democratic Party candidates, aligned political action committees (PACs), and Democratic Party congressional election committees. Stainman has consistently made political contributions in various elections over the past twenty years, beginning with a $500 contribution to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2000. [7]

Stainman is a longtime supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, donating to her 2008 presidential campaign ($2,300), the 2013 Ready for Hillary super PAC ($12,500),[8]  and the 2016 Hillary for America PAC ($2,700). [9] In recent years, Stainman has contributed to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC ($5,0000),[10] the EMILY’s List PAC ($250),[11] the 2020 Joe Biden Victory Fund ($2,500),[12] and the 2020 Biden for President Campaign Fund ($2,500). [13]

In 2020, Stainman also made political contributions to various Democratic Party candidates, including failed U.S. Senate candidates Jaime Harrison ($500),[14] Steve Bullock ($500),[15] and Sara Gideon ($1,000). [16] Stainman also contributed $500 to U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper’s (D-CO) successful campaign. [17] [18]

References

  1. “Lois K. Stainman” Nuwber. https://nuwber.com/person/563a9e99cf00835c7f387e29 ^
  2. “Art History – Lois Stainman” Hunter College – CUNY. http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ce/lifelong-students/art_history ^
  3. “Your Lasting Impact, Fiscal Year 2014” Columbia University Endowment. https://columbia.giftplans.org/pdf/columbia_endowment.pdf ^
  4. “People For’s Top Donnors” People for the American Way. https://www.pfaw.org/people-fors-top-donors/ ^
  5. “People For’s Top Donnors” People for the American Way. https://www.pfaw.org/people-fors-top-donors/ ^
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990-PF). Stainman Family Foundation. Part XV. 2014. Accessed May 29, 2021.               ^
  7. “Lois & Arthur Stainman” Federal Election Commission. October 13, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  8. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. November 30, 2013. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  9. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. May 7, 2015. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  10. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. August 31, 2012. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  11. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. February 19, 2016. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  12. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. May 8, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  13. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. May 8, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  14. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. October 15, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  15. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. October 14, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  16. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  17. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. October 10, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
  18. “Lois Stainman” Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2020. Accessed May 29, 2021. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=lois%20stainman ^
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