“We are proud to be able to contribute to so many great organizations that affect the lives of people in need directly. We hope to enrich people’s lives and to inspire others to make a difference. ”
– Alex Cohen
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service—with a special interest in children’s health, education, veterans and the arts—by creating awareness, offering guidance and leading by example to show the world what giving can do.
Steve and Alex launched the Foundation in 2001 and in the past dozen years have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts to organizations that seek to directly provide better health and education for our nation’s children, lift up our veterans, and support the arts. This giving reflects their personal connection with the causes they support. The Cohens know personally about veterans through the experience of Steve’s son’s service in the United States Marine Corps, and Steve and Alex’s fathers served in WWII and the Korean War, respectively.
Steve and Alex’s love of children has been the cornerstone of the Foundation’s long-term focus on children’s health and education, particularly for K-12 youth. Alex serves as the President of the Foundation and is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization. She has had a deep, lifelong commitment to giving, inspired by her mother who was a caregiver dedicated to children and her local community.
Alex began her life of giving at an early age, including working in nursing homes and soup kitchens as early as high school. Under her leadership, the Foundation team is responsible for the ongoing giving strategy, relationship management of grantees and oversight of the numerous programs and projects that the Foundation has committed to support.
Steve and Alex are also strong proponents of charitable giving within their personal and professional communities, strongly advocating for others to commit time and financial resources to the betterment of our society. They believe that we will only meet the immense challenges faced by children, and others in need, if all those who have lived the American dream can find meaningful ways to give back.