Cooper Fund Leadership Circle

The Cooper Fund Leadership Circle 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 or more to the college. 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, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Cooper Fund Partners


The Charina Endowment Fund 

IDC Foundation 

Alex '49 and Ada Katz 

Richard and Ronay Menschel 

George Reeves '64 and Ross Wisnewski 

Robin Hood Foundation 

Walter Schepp 

Siemens Digital Industries Software 

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Altman Foundation 

Daniel Arsham '03 

Jacqueline Bernstein and Marvin H. Weiner 

Eugene '64 and Susan Briskman 

Anne and Albert Chao 


Con Edison 

James E. Craig '63 

Vic '63 and Eleanor DiFranco 

Alan Fortier '79 

Jane and William Furman 

Morris '66 and Amanda Gelb 

Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation 

The Greenbrier Companies 

Paula and Jeffrey Gural 

Leon Levy Foundation 

Linda Smith and David Mangelsdorff 

The New York Community Trust - Henry C. Enders Fund 

Ernest Nussbaum '50 and Patricia Pothier 


New York State Council on the Arts 

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation 

Carmin '55 and Adrienne Rosato 



$25,000 - $49,999 

Sidney J. Altschuler '57 

Howard '70 and Nancy Amols 

Kevin '72 and Patricia Burke 

Judith Cassella '71 

Constellation, an Exelon company 

Pam Flaherty 

Stephen '67 and Jane Gerard 

Harold '44 and Rose Goldberg 

Sally Gottesman 

Aftab '97 and Ellen Hussain 

Benedict '75 and Susan Itri 

Elliott Kanbar 

The Kanbar Charitable Trust 

Lynn '60 and Anne Lander 

Ilan '65 and Barbara Levi 

Susan Lin '88 

Paul Millman '74 

Frank W. Miner '47 

National Endowment for the Arts 

Newmark Knight Frank 

Rochelle and Brian Steinwurtzel 

Henry Sterne Trust 

Arthur Thomson '64 

Diane Toy '97 and Eric Fung '97 

Rachel L. Warren


Cooper Fund Leadership Circle

$10,000 - $24,999 

Allied Universal 

Robert '54 and Linda Alwitt 

Erich Arcement '97 and Nerina Garcia-Arcement   

Archstone Builders LLC 

Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation 

Nicolas Avrutin '14 

A. Robert Birmelin '54 and Blair Tillisch Birmelin 

James '79 and Natalie Bracken 

Kenneth Bridbord '64 and Maryanne Lachat 

Lia Vodja Brillhart '60 

Brooklyn Brewery  

The Brooks Family Foundation 

Curtis Browne '68 

Peter '63 and Janet Bungay 

Michael Callan '68 

John P. Clarke '66 

Collaborative Construction Management, LLC 

William '76 and Sandra Cordiano 

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation 

Cross Ridge Foundation 

Christopher Curro '15 

Christine Degen '68 and Bruce Degen '66 

Roberta and Deke Dening 

Gautam '94 and Uma Desai 

Theodore Dezvane '93 and Melissa Knoll 

Edward '76 and Kathleen Dineen 

Carol and Joseph Dobronyi 

Thomas '77 and Diane Driscoll 

Jack Eichenbaum '63 

Susan Eisenberg '62 and Benjamin Eisenberg '61 

Jose Esteves '82 

Chenggong Fan '95 

Wanda Felton 

First American Title Insurance Company 

Judith Freyer 

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation  

Alan I. Goldsmith '86/'89 

Richard G. Graven '52 

Elizabeth Graziolo '95 

Irwin '54 and Marjorie Gruverman 

Barbara Gural 

Jeffrey '87 and Ronny Hersch 

Eric '89 and Hillary Hirschhorn 

Melissa Prober and Dana Hughes 

Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown 

Patricia Jenkins '93 

John '88 and Jennifer Kain 

Susan Kamen Marsicano '61 

Arthur '50 and Maryla Kaplan 

Peter '76 and Marla Katz 

Malcolm '97 and Danielle King 

Jozef Krakora '97 

Darrell '89 and Jenny Low 

John '69 and Mary Manuck 

Winifred Marasco '66 and Joseph Marasco '66 

Margaret Matz '83 

David '74 and Doris May 

Kevin '78 and Nancy McQuade 

Rhoda Metzger, in memory of Fred Metzger '47 

Corinne Musa '04 and Derek Musa '03 

Bruce Nelligan '80 

Constantine '00 and Beth Plakas 

The Sedge and Henry Plitt Charitable Trusts 

Goran Pocina '84 

Marshall and Jane Rafal and Family 

Daoyuan Ren '94 

Charles Rivkin '50 

Walter '60 and Ruth Schillinger 

H. Schweitzer '66 

Irma Sityar '83 

Sean '85 and Penny Smyth 

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust 

John '82 and Susie Sobchak 

Laura and Andrew Sparks 

Robert '65 and Barbara Spindel 

Square Mile Capital Management LLC 

Steinwurtzel/Gural Family 

William '74 and Louise Symington 

Edward Tirados '87 

Venture Well 

Gerald Wasserman '66 and Michele Trincellita 

Stephen Welby '87 

Leslie Wheelock 

Andrew '88 and Mary Wilson 

Toni Howard and David Yarnell 

YC Foundation 

Alfred Zacharias '53 

Dale Zand '45 

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List in formation as of January 20, 2022.

  • 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.