Gerstner Philanthropies focuses on biomedical research, educational opportunities, environmental sustainability, and assistance for people who have suffered a temporary setback and could use a “helping hand” to restore their equilibrium.

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In addition, we make a small number of grants related to or outside of these areas of focus.


  • MSK Honors Graduates at 2024 Commencement and Convocation

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) held its Academic Convocation and Commencement on May 15, 2024, celebrating new graduates and award winners. Our Chairman, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., namesake of the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School, had the opportunity to honor the graduates. This year, 10 students earned their doctoral degrees in cancer biology from the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK). In addition, five practicing MSK doctors received Master of Science degrees in clinical and translational cancer research from GSK. Keynote speaker Elaine Fuchs, PhD, received an honorary degree for her contributions to science. Congratulations to all the graduates on their achievements!

  • Job Posting: Program Officer Position
    May 9, 2024

    Gerstner Philanthropies is excited to launch the search for a Program Officer for our Helping Hands Program. Based in our family office in Armonk NY, the Program Officer will collaborate with the Program Director to source, cultivate and assess potential investment opportunities as well as help build out and grow our Helping Hands College portfolio. The goal of the Helping Hands program is to provide students with financial support when they need assistance with emergency expenses ensuring that they stay enrolled in college and complete their education.

    Full job description and application can be found at
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Reflections on Helping Hands

Lou Gerstner shares the origin of and his vision for the emergency grants program, lessons learned over the past decade, and his belief in the critical importance of the work.

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