Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

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The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (13-7184401) is a grant making foundation which supports a number of pro-Israel causes. The foundation is a major donor to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, the US body that sends funds to the Israeli Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers. Between 2002-2013 the foundation donated $1,600,0001 to the FIDF.[1]

Supporting Israel

The website of the organisation provides a description of the Trust's position on Israel:

The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 was a profound event in world and Jewish history. Since then, Israelis have made enormous strides in building a vibrant, strong and just society. The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program is committed to contributing to the continued development and security of Israel, both for the country's benefit and for humanity in general. Since the Israel Program began in 2010, the Trust has committed over $115 million dollars to projects and organizations in Israel... The Trust’s grantmaking in Israel invests in the country’s leading institutions and critical initiatives toward the goal of strengthening Israel as a successful, secure and vital nation.[2]

Foundation Grantees

Organisations supported by the foundation include:

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute Of Science, American Friends Of Magen David Adom, Bar-Ilan University In Israel, Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev, Birthright Israel, California State University, Conservation International Foundation, Council For A Strong America, Doctors Without Borders USA, Ecology Project International, Friends Of Israel Disabled Veterans, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Friends Of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem, Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, International Rescue Committee, The Jewish Agency For Israel, Jerusalem Foundation, The Jewish Museum, Oxfam USA, Social Science Research Council, Technion - Israel Institute Of N/A Foreign Technology, Tel-Aviv University, United Jewish Appeal, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, University Of California, University Of Haifa, U.S. Fund For Unicef


Directors (circa 2013)

John Codey (Trustee) | Sandor Frankel (Trustee) | David Panzirer (Trustee) | Walter Panzirer (Trustee) | John Ettinger (Chief Executive Officer) | Leigh Bonney (Chief Financial Officer) | Nancy Feller (General Counsel) | Rosalind Hewsenian (Chief Investment Officer)


Address (circa 2013)

230 Park Avenue
New York
NY 10169

Website: http://helmsleytrust.org/


  1. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  2. Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Trust Website Israel. Accessed 6 May 2015.