On October 24, 2013, at the New York Public Library, the Altman Foundation celebrated the centennial of the establishment of the Foundation, and honored the life and legacy of our founder. Benjamin Altman was a very private man and although a contemporary of several major early twentieth century philanthropists, he is not well known. Altman created several lasting legacies. The first came from his retailing genius, as one of the first retailers to turn the department store, originated in Paris, into an American institution. The extraordinary bequest of his art collection to the Metropolitan Museum enriches the culture of his city and the lives of millions of visitors from around the world. The most resounding legacy of all continues every day in the Altman Foundation’s work in education, health, arts and culture, and strengthening communities.
The Centennial video (Celebrating 100 Years of Giving, above), shown at the celebration, honors this man, the City he cared for so deeply, the vision of the trustees and staff of the foundation who have kept the mission alive for 100 years and the extraordinary nonprofit organizations who have been Altman grantees. We've also posted a video with some highlights from the event.
We hope you enjoy a quick snapshot of 100 years of our history, and a brief look at our celebration.
- Special thank you to our speakers:
- Reynold Levy
- Darren Walker
- Veronica M. White
- and to:
- The New York Public Library
- The wonderfully talented musicians from:
- Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy and
- Jazz At Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy
- Ny Whitaker and Staff | Events by Ny
- Carl Hedin and Staff | Abigail Kirsch
- Glow Design Group
- Dana Foti Sharp | Gooseberry Graphic Design
- Graphic Service Bureau
- Paul Carlos | Pure + Applied
- Suzanne Halpin And Emily Vicker | Rubenstein
- Misael Sanchez | Video Producer
- Sofia Negron | Photographer
- Dr. Jeanne Abrams
- Jack Rosenthal
We are deeply grateful to our board, staff, grantees and partners — both past and present, public and private — for helping us bring Benjamin Altman’s vision to life every day for 100 years and counting.