The Cooper Fund

The Cooper Fund is a society recognizing individuals, families, and organizations giving $10,000+ to Cooper Union annually and includes the Cooper Fund Partners who annually contribute $25,000-$99,999 to the college and Benefactors who contribute $100,000+ annually.  All members of the Cooper Fund Leadership Circle enjoy an annual reception with Cooper's president and students and have their name recognized on the donor wall in the lobby of the Foundation Building. Contact us to learn how you can become a member. 

Recognizing gifts to The Cooper Union during the past fiscal year—July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.




Sidney J. Altschuler '57 
Henri Arnold '50 
The Charina Endowment Fund 
Walter J. Dauksher '51 
Vic '63 and Eleanor DiFranco  
Marion and John Patrick Dugan 
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation 
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation 
Paula and Jeffrey Gural 
IDC Foundation 
Stephanie and Timothy Ingrassia
Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown 
Elliott Kanbar 
Maurice Kanbar 
Alex '49 and Ada Katz 
Leon Levy Foundation 
John '69 and Mary Manuck 
Richard and Ronay Menschel 
Frank W. Miner '47 
New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program 
Open Society Foundations 
George Reeves '64 and Ross Wisnewski 
Robin Hood Foundation 
Carmin '55 and Adrienne Rosato 
Until All Are Free 
Anonymous (2) 



$25,000 - $99,999 

Altman Foundation 
Howard '70 and Nancy Amols 
Daniel Arsham '03 
Richard Auerbach 
Eugene '64 and Susan Briskman 
Kevin '72 and Patricia Burke 
Mariam Cantelmi '95 and Frank Cantelmi '93 
Judith Cassella '71 and Charles Cassella '68 
Anne and Albert Chao 
Con Edison 
William '76 and Sandra Cordiano 
Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation 
Shaun Devitt '12 
Thomas '77 and Diane Driscoll 
Wanda Felton 
Jennifer Fenton Weishaupt '95 and Erich Weishaupt 
Pam Flaherty 
Alan Fortier '79 
Morris '66 and Amanda Gelb 
Stephen '67 and Jane Gerard 
Harold '44 and Rose Goldberg 
Alan I. Goldsmith '86/'89 
Aftab '97 and Ellen Hussain 
Lynn '60 and Anne Lander 
Ilan '65 and Barbara Levi 
David '74 and Diane Levy 
Susan Lin '88 
Winifred Marasco '66 and Joseph Marasco '66 
Susan Kamen Marsicano '61, in memory of Nicholas Marsicano 
Paul Millman '74 
National Endowment for the Arts 
The New York Community TrustHenry C. Enders Fund 
New York State Council on the Arts 
Ernest Nussbaum '50 and Patricia Pothier 
Solomon '64 and Beverly Peltz 
The Pinkerton Foundation 
Rochelle and Brian Steinwurtzel 
Henry Sterne Trust 
Arthur Thomson '64 
Washington Center for Equitable Growth 
Gary Williams '71 
Andrew '88 and Mary Wilson 
Anonymous (2) 



$10,000 - $24,999 

Allied Universal 
Charles Arbore '66 
Edward Ashare '62 and Susan Weiss 
Harold '52 and Norma Baer Ausfresser 
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation 
Joseph Bernstein '54 
A. Robert Birmelin '54 and Blair Tillisch Birmelin 
Ivan '62 and Diana Bottlik 
James '79 and Natalie Bracken 
Kenneth Bridbord '64 and Maryanne Lachat 
The Brooks Family Foundation 
Curtis Browne '68 
Michael Callan '68 
Christina Casey 
Charina Foundation 
John P. Clarke '66 
The Family of Myron R. '42 and Corinne Coe 
Daphne '72 and Wallace Cook 
Cross Ridge Foundation 
Andrew Crudge '13 
The Charles A. Dana Foundation 
Christine Degen '68 and Bruce Degen '66
Gautam '94 and Uma Desai 
Doris and David Deutsch 
Brickson Diamond 
Elizabeth Diller '79 and Ricardo Scofidio '55 
Edward '76 and Kathleen Dineen 
Carol and Joseph Dobronyi 
Henry '92 and Suzanne Domenici 
Michael Duffy '97 
Jack Eichenbaum '63 
Susan Eisenberg '62 and Benjamin Eisenberg '61 
Jose Esteves '82 
Chenggong Fan '95 
Judith Freyer 
Arun '76 and Kavita Goyal 
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts 
Richard G. Graven '52 
Elizabeth Graziolo '95 
Keith Haring Foundation 
Jeffrey '87 and Ronny Hersch 
Eric ‘87 and Hillary Hirschhorn 
Toni Howard and David Yarnell 
Benedict '75 and Susan Itri 
John '88 and Jennifer Kain 
Arthur '50 and Maryla Kaplan 
Malcolm '97 and Danielle King 
Jozef Krakora '97 
Jimmy Kwong '80 and Pauline Yep 
Jerry Lasky '69 and Priscilla Kimberly 
Joseph '54 and Marie Lechleider 
Jamie Levitt 
Darrell '89 and Jenny Low 
Kevin '78 and Nancy McQuade 
Corinne Musa '04 and Derek Musa '03 
Paul Nikulin '06 and Sasha Nagorny 
Constantine '00 and Beth Plakas 
Melissa Prober and Dana Hughes 
Bertil Quarfordt 
Erik Quarfordt 
Marshall and Jane Rafal and Family 
Stephen '63 and Josephine Rattien 
Sheldon '66 and Linda Rubenfeld 
Norman and Jonas Sanders and family for the Norman Sanders Students Fund 
Dean Sansone '89 
Susan and Peter Schubert 
Richard '57 and Ardath Schwartz 
Avery Singer '10 
Michael '77 and Elena Sisti 
Irma Sityar '83 
Joseph Siu '95 
Sean '85 and Penny Smyth 
Laura and Andrew Sparks 
Stuart '55 and Etta Spater 
Robert '65 and Barbara Spindel 
Joseph Sultan '76 
William '74 and Louise Symington 
James Tellefsen Jr. '77 and Martha Tellefsen 
Edward Tirados '87 
Thornton Tomasetti Foundation 
Ben Vinson 
Gerald Wasserman '66 and Michele Trincellita 
Stephen Welby '87 
Leslie Wheelock 
YC Foundation 
Barbara Yee '81 and Sing-Man Siu '78 
Anthony Yoseloff 
Gilly Youner '82 and John Leeper '85 
Alfred Zacharias '53 
Dale '45 and Charlotte Zand 
Martin '77 and Beth Zubatkin 
Anonymous (2) 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.