- Assets: $30,556,989 (2009)
- Grants Received: $4,357,938 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $6,092,308 (2009)
Established in New York in 1963, the Alan B. Slifka Foundation is a small family foundation that focuses its philanthropy primarily on Jewish projects in the field of "coexistence," or what it alternatively terms "the proactive embrace of diversity and difference." Promoting its vision of "a world safe for difference," the Slifka Foundation funds U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that address human rights and defense issues. Its giving is directed mostly toward groups based in New York State.
The Slifka Foundation is a member organization of both the Peace and Security Funders Group and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG); the latter is a network of more than six-dozen grantmakers dedicated to funding leftist groups and causes. (For a complete list of IHRFG grantmakers, click here.)
Among Slifka's leftist grantees are: the Earth Island Institute; the Israel Policy Forum; the New Israel Fund; the Threshold Foundation; the Tides Center; and the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.
The President of the Slifka Foundation is Alan B. Slifka, a securities analyst by training, who in 1989 co-founded the Abraham Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting coexistence between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens. Slifka's (and the Abraham Fund's) prescription for achieving peaceful coexistence is to draw no moral distinction between Palestinian terrorism and Israeli self-defense measures. The Abraham Fund advocates "diversity and cultural sensitivity training programs for [Israeli] police staff, [and] planning and problem-solving partnerships between local police and Arab community leaders." The Fund follows Mr. Slifka's lead in viewing the violent Intifada (which was launched in the fall of 2000) not as a condemnable, unprovoked war being waged by the Palestinians, but merely as part of a generally tense atmosphere of "antagonism and suspicion" that both sides have co-created in equal measures.
To view a list of additional noteworthy grantees of the Alan B. Slifka Foundation, click here.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)