Mission & Values

In the tradition of our founder Benjamin Altman’s own philanthropic interests, the mission of the Altman Foundation is to support programs and institutions that enrich the quality of life in New York City, with a particular focus on initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities benefit from the services and opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential.

In carrying out our mission and making choices about how to invest our grantmaking dollars, we are guided in our selection process by our results-based orientation and by several overarching values that cut across program-area lines. These values are access, system-wide improvement, prevention and early intervention, self-sufficiency, the provision of high-quality services, and a focus on vulnerable populations.

The Altman Foundation:

  • Seeks to increase meaningful access for New Yorkers to quality programs, institutions, and resources, both public and private;
  • Encourages system-wide improvement and change while at the same time maintaining our tradition of direct service and the opportunity to test models in action;
  • Prefers to support preventive and early intervention strategies;
  • Supports efforts that help New Yorkers build and preserve self-sufficiency;
  • Encourages innovation and funds programs and organizations that provide high-quality services based on best practices in their field and that exercise systematic efforts to track credible and meaningful results; and
  • Has an interest in supporting programs that serve vulnerable populations, in particular children and youth from underserved communities, immigrants, and the elderly.

Youth Development students, Job Skills Apprentices, and Program Assistants at Rocking the Boat work together to wheel the newly restored <em> Orsus </em> out of the workshop and into Hunts Point Riverside Park. Credit: Joaquin Cotten, Art Director Youth Development students, Job Skills Apprentices, and Program Assistants at Rocking the Boat work together to wheel the newly restored Orsus out of the workshop and into Hunts Point Riverside Park. Credit: Joaquin Cotten, Art Director