Giving back was a way of life when Alex Cohen was growing up in the melting pot of Washington Heights, New York. Watching neighbors come to her mother for help with everything from childcare to rummage sales taught Alex this: It might take a village, but the village starts with one person. She’s carried that lesson with her, and today, it inspires the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation’s philanthropic efforts across the country.
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Our mission is serving the underserved. We work to uplift people who are marginalized locally and nationally, from the working poor and the seriously ill to victims of domestic violence and natural disaster.
Children deserve the very best in healthcare, education, and resources. We dedicate many of our landmark gifts to hospitals, schools, and community organizations to make sure every young person has the chance to thrive.
Access to the arts changes perspectives, enriches lives, and sparks creativity. We partner with museums and galleries to make arts education a priority and to empower artists to share their invaluable work.
Food injustice and climate change are among the biggest challenges of our time. We are committed to supporting food equity, environmental sustainability, and preservation initiatives, and we hope to make a big impact.
Lyme and tickborne diseases affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. We know from personal experience the devastating symptoms they can cause, but we also know that putting resources toward research will improve how doctors diagnose and treat sufferers. That’s why we’ve invested $50 million in over 25 research studies—to understand more, so we can fear less.
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Our Giving Tour goal is to visit every single state—from the east coast to the west—in search of nonprofits that are making a positive difference in their communities. So far, we’ve given $33 million in grants to organizations in 22 states and territories, and we’re always working to spread our giving even further. Follow our journey!
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Hearts Across America
“Hands Across America was a public event on Sunday, May 25, 1986, in which approximately 6.5 million people held hands for fifteen minutes in an attempt to form a continuous human chain across the contiguous United States. Many participants donated ten dollars to reserve their place in line. The proceeds were donated to local charities […]
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Boldly Supporting Psychedelics Research
In September 2019, the Foundation announced its large-scale investment in the Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University. With our funding, researchers will be able to continue studying the healing effects of psilocybin, the active agent in “magic mushrooms,” on people who suffer from challenging medical conditions, like depression, anorexia, Alzheimer’s, and Lyme and tickborne diseases.
In celebration of National Pay It Forward Day, our Foundation launched the free GIVE Bag to encourage random acts of kindness. The idea is simple: Fill the bag with thoughtful items, give it to someone in need, and ask the person receiving it to keep the chain of giving going.
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