Program Areas

  • Education: Arts education programs for New York City public schools, focusing on classroom residencies for students and professional development for teachers.
  • Community Service and Civic Engagement: In 2017, the Kornfeld Foundation added a new program area focused on improving services for immigrant and minority youth who are being marginalized in our current environment. In 2020 this category was expanded to include civic engagement grants, to respond to the increasing threats to our democracy arising from and reflecting our divided society, including, but not limited to, meaningful work on voting rights and against voter suppression.
  • Palliative Care: The Kornfeld Foundation is the original funder and continues to support the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. For further information visit
  • ALS: The Kornfeld Foundation was the initial funder of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD. After 20 years of grants totaling $6,370,000, the Foundation has concluded its support. For further information visit

** The Kornfeld Foundation is currently reviewing its program areas and priorities, and at this time will not be adding new grantees.