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Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), Helena Rubinstein in a sailor dress, 1935 Gouache on paper, 24 x 17 in.
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) Helena Rubinstein in a sailor dress, 1935, Gouache on paper, 24 x 17 in.

November 2011

The Helena Rubinstein Foundation has ceased operations.

Over its nearly 60 year history, the Foundation distributed over $130 million in grants, primarily to education and community-based organizations in New York City.

We have enjoyed working with all of our grantees over these many years and are proud of what we have accomplished together.

Please accept our warmest best wishes for your future plans.


The Helena Rubinstein Foundation supports programs in education, community services, arts/arts in education, and health, with a special interest in programs that benefit women and children and assist disadvantaged communities.

Grants are mainly allocated to organizations in New York City. Although general operating grants are made, the Foundation prefers to support specific programs in the following areas:

Grants in this area focused on helping children achieve in school, preparing young people for college and the world of work, and enabling adults to reach their full potential through job training, internship, scholarship, and fellowship opportunities.

Community Services:
Grants in this area supported direct services for low-income communities, with an emphasis on model youth development initiatives and programming addressing the needs of women and girls.

Arts/Arts in Education:
Grants in this area were directed to in-school and after-school instruction in the visual, performing, and literary arts, as well as education programs at various arts organizations.

Funding in this area was primarily targeted to health and wellness programs for low-income women and children.