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John A Reisenbach Foundation Inc

For a better and safer New York City.

https://reisenbachfoundation.org/ Tax ID 13-3620767


Our Vision

We believe all of New York City’s residents, workers, and visitors should enjoy safety, security, and a high quality of life. Through grants and strategic partnerships, we address systemic problems such as unequal access to education and job training that keep individuals vulnerable and that contribute to poverty and crime. 


Respect for all people in New York and dedication to their happiness, safety, and well-being;
Creativity, nimbleness, and responsiveness to needs in alignment with our mission and program areas;
Inclusiveness and diversity in our partnerships and grantmaking;
Accountability to our donors and grantees, and responsible stewardship of our resources.


We provide grants and strategic support to nonprofit partner organizations throughout all five boroughs. We are a 501c3 public charity, and we fund our programs with donations from generous corporate and individual supporters.

The Foundation honors the memory of advertising executive John A. Reisenbach, who was the victim of a random and senseless murder in Greenwich Village in 1990. In the wake of this tragedy, John’s friends and colleagues in the advertising and media industries created the Foundation to promote safety, security, and a high quality of life throughout New York. The Foundation remains rooted in the advertising and media communities, and with the generous support of these industries our reach has grown to encompass partnerships with donors and grantees across the city.

John A. Reisenbach
(1956 - 1990) 

John’s friends say that he represented the qualities of “every decent and “ordinary guy” you’ve ever worked with or known. He was passionate and stubborn, sarcastic and silly, always caring and always professional. A graduate of Northwestern University, John moved to New York City in 1978 and married his college sweetheart Victoria Nelson the following year. John began his career as a media planner at Ogilvy & Mather, moved to Backer & Spielvogel in 1982, and joined all American Television in 1987 as senior vice president and director of advertising sales, where he more than tripled sales. While John might view the formation of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation with a good deal of amazement, he would be gratified to know that so many have come together to honor his memory. And we are sure he would be proud of the many fine things that have been accomplished in his name.


The John A. Reisenbach Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For information about how to obtain financial and other information about The John A. Reisenbach Foundation’s purpose, programs and activities, please see below:

Financial and other information about The John A. Reisenbach Foundation’s purpose, programs and activities can be obtained by contacting Executive Director at 119 West 24th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011 and 212-470-0415 or for residents of the following states, as stated below.  New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AThttp://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm.  New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.  CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAW.  REGISTRATION IN A STATE DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION OF THE JOHN A. REISENBACH FOUNDATION BY THE STATE.


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