Our Grants

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is delighted to support grantees in a variety of topic areas, including but not limited to The Arts, Medicine, Tolerance, STEM education, and Pets & The Environment. Organizations below are but a few of the grants we have made:


The Holocaust & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

$1 million grant to establish the Friedlander Institute of Tolerance Education at The Nassau County Holocaust & Tolerance Center. This complete renovation of a previously unused space at the center will facilitate the educational mission of the Center where more than 30,000 children and adults visit annually to understand how intolerance starts, festers and occasionally, kills. The Center, with its award-winning staff of professionals and docents, who teach how we can become Upstanders, will now have dedicated, professionally orchestrated classrooms to continue their important work.

Friedlander Upstander Award

The Friedlander Upstander Award, inaugurated in 2011, recognizes a young person’s efforts in demonstrating Upstander behavior. This award, given annually to a student from Nassau and also from Suffolk County, highlights the often difficult mindset of today’s young person seeking to do what he or she know is right. Given the peer pressures and other conflicts that exist in schools, it takes a special young person to advocate for those who are being bullied or hurt in some away by others. This is what an upstander does and to that end the Foundation seeks to recognize their achievement with a $2500 grant. Members of the Foundation’s board in conjunction with members of the educational staff at The Holocaust & Tolerance Center of Nassau County and the police departments of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, cull through a stack of applications with the unenviable task of choosing 2 among them. “The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to present the Upstander Award in Claire’s memory to recognize and reward young people who have the courage and conviction to advocate and promote social justice,” said Peter J. Klein, Foundation President.

Winthrop University Hospital

The board of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is pleased to give a $10,000 grant to Winthrop Hospital’s endoscopy’s department. The technology enhancements in healthcare are major catalyst to not only increased well-being in patients (less evasive procedures with quicker recovery times) but also to decreased long term costs – an issue that is well documented as important to the budget issues of the United States. This grant also highlights the Friedlander Foundation’s interest in collaborative projects with other local philanthropists – ”Clearly when liked-minded foundations can work together the results can move the needle and are often more impactful”, remarked Peter J. Klein, CFA President of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation.

The Bronx High School of Science - Holocaust ​Museum & Study Center

This prestigious New York City public High School is one of the only public schools in the nation with a free-standing museum, complete with historically significant artifacts, devoted to the Holocaust and its lessons.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is the nation’s preeminent not for profit summer day school of the arts. Now in its 45th year, Usdan has been declared a “Best Of” camp by TimeOutNY/Kids, and the Center has been profiled in The New York Times and Time Magazine. Usdan offers 40 programs in seven departments: Music, Art, Theater, Dance, Writing, Chess, and Nature. Each summer’s day, 1,600 children, ages 8 – 18, board buses bound for Usdan’s idyllic 200-acre campus in Wheatley Heights, Long Island. They come from virtually every town in the New York metropolitan area.

When a high school trumpet student from Central Islip sent an application to spend his summer studying at Usdan Center for the Arts, it was with the enthusiastic endorsement of his school’s Band Director. In advance of Chris’s 2012 Season scholarship audition, his teacher sent a prophetic message to Usdan’s teachers and conductors. It stated that Chris was a student of talent and promise, and that a summer at Usdan would be life changing for him. Chris simply needed, his teacher wrote, a sponsor to realize his dream of study with great teachers and performers. That sponsor was the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, as Chris became one of seven students for who the Foundation’s generosity provided transformative summers of artistic awakening, high achievement, the support of a diverse and tolerant community, and friendshipsfor a lifetime.