About

Mission

The Overbrook Foundation is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment.

Values

Honoring the vision and dedication of its founders, Helen and Frank Altschul, The Overbrook Foundation:

  • Honors its role as a steward of both the public trust and the Foundation’s mission
  • Advances programs ethically, responsibly and respectfully
  • Is transparent and open
  • Engages in its work in a deliberate and thoughtful way
  • Takes measured risks
  • Employs diverse approaches to seize opportunities and respond to challenges
  • Supports social justice and environmental sustainability
  • Promotes advocacy, accountability and reform of institutions and government

History

Overbrook Farm

The Overbrook Farm in full bloom.

The Overbrook Foundation was established in New York in 1948 by Helen and Frank Altschul. The Foundation took its name from Overbrook Farm, the Altschul family home in Stamford, Connecticut. The Foundation is currently managed by a staff of seven and governed by a Board of 13 Directors. Of these, most are third and fourth generation family members.

Currently, The Overbrook Foundation has an endowment of approximately $174 million. It awarded approximately $5.4 million in grants in 2013. Since its inception, the Foundation has given away more than $170 million.