Our Mission

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service. We do this by creating awareness, offering guidance, and leading by example to show the world what giving can do. Our grants support public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations based in the United States that either help people in need or solve complex problems. We also spearhead grassroots campaigns to encourage others to give.

Our Story

Steve and Alex Cohen launched their Foundation in 2001. Over the past two decades, they have given $625 million in gifts to organizations that improve children’s healthcare and education, serve the underserved, support the arts, protect the environment, and further Lyme and tickborne disease research. Their giving reflects a personal connection with the causes they champion, however, it isn’t limited to these particular areas.

It’s important to the Cohens that they continue to help where there is the greatest need. They’ve endowed a hospital for women and newborns, invested in a psychedelics research center, and donated to hurricane relief efforts. They believe in giving where they can make the biggest difference—even if that means changing course.

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2019 Giving

In 2019 alone, the Foundation gave more than $54.4 million to nonprofits across the US in the following areas:

138 Grants
  • Lyme
    $12.7M
  • Underserved Communities
    $4.4M
  • Sustainability
    $593K
  • Children
    $21.1M
  • The Arts
    $13.7M
  • Other
    $1.7M
$54.4 Million Given
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How You Can Help

We don’t want you to give to us. As a matter of fact, we won’t let you. At the heart of it, we believe that giving isn’t about money; it’s about helping others selflessly. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. Whether it’s volunteering your time, sharing your expertise, or donating items to charity, there are so many ways to spread kindness. We are constantly inspired by our grantees and the amazing work they do. Browse through our pages to see how you can get involved in supporting them.