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.


  • Catholic Charities of New York Reaches Hundreds of Hungry New Yorkers Through Feeding Our Neighbors Initiative
    June 26, 2024

    Feeding Our Neighbors, a vital initiative by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, brought essential relief to over 200 families with a pop-up pantry at St. Helena’s in the Bronx. Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, the Executive Director, attended the event and personally engaged with attendees. “The price of food is astronomical and people who are on limited income, many, many, many of whom are working, just can’t make ends meet at the end of the month,” the Monsignor shared. Supported by Gerstner Philanthropies, this program operates 24 pop-up food pantries annually across the diocese, directly combating hunger and food insecurity by reaching New Yorkers right in their communities.

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  • 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!

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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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