Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Trust, established in 1999, is a philanthropic foundation that supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, in addition to programs in human services, education, cultural access, conservation, and the security and development of Israel.
Through its education program, the Helmsley Charitable Trust seeks to support high-quality teaching and learning in schools to close persistent achievement gaps, to address the tremendous diversity in students' learning and language ability, and to advance educational outcomes community-wide. Efforts are focused primarily in New York City with an emphasis on the South Bronx. Recent STEM initiatives include a $1 million grant in 2009 to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art to support the 41 Cooper Square building, which houses the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Louis and Jeannette Brooks Computer Center, The Herb Lubalin Study Center, The Saturday Outreach Program and provides student and teaching studios.
Health & Medical Research Program