Shillman Foundation

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The Shillman Foundation (EIN: 04-3511089) is a grant making foundation based in Santa Fe, California, founded by Robert J. Shillman, head of a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp.


The Shillman Foundation is a major donor to various pro-Israel groups, most notably 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 his foundation donated $2,441,092 to the FIDF. [1]

The foundation supports a number of other organisations including:

American Civil Rights Institute ($10,000 in 2012), American Israel Education Foundation, American Jewish Congress, Center for Jewish Future, Christians United for Israel($101,000 in 2013 | $100,900 in 2012| $100,000 in 2011), Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) ($1,000 in 2010), the Counterterrorism and Security Education and Research Foundation, the David Project, David Horowitz Freedom Foundation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies ($5,000 in 2012), the Human Development Foundation, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) the Middle East Forum, National Foundation for Jewish Continuity, P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Project Veritas, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, UN Watch, Jewish National Fund, Zionist Organization of America, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces ($250,250 in 2012 | $250,000 in 2011 | $302,000 in 2010) [2]


The Foundation gave to the following list of recipients:


The Foundation gave to the following recipients:





Directors (circa 2013)

Robert J. Shillman (Trustee) | Dianne Parrotte (Trustee)


PO Box 676267
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Phone: (508) 650-6361


  1. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  2. Data compiled from filings of Form 990s 2002 - 2013.
  3. Shillman Foundation, 990 Form, 2015
  4. Shillman Foundation, 990 Form, 2014