Culture For One is supported, in part, by grants from:


Dr. Agnes Varis (1930-2011) believed that philanthropy uplifts both the individual and the community. A legendary business leader, Dr. Varis co-founded Marsam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Aegis Pharmaceuticals, both generic pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Varis and her husband supported the arts, which they both believed “belonged to the people.” They had particular interest in programs that provided the undeserved with access to culture.  During her lifetime, Dr. Varis donated over $30 million to various arts programs, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Rush Ticket Program which she created, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Jazz Foundation of America.  In 2010 Dr. Varis was appointed by President Obama to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH). Upon her death, on July 29, 2011, members in both the United States Senate and the Congress publicly recognized her achievements in business and philanthropy and thanked her for her service to the people of her country.

Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund

The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation was formed in January of 2008 in memory of the legendary rock impresario, Bill Graham. The foundation is a public charity that is funded through individual and corporate contributions and grants. A mission of The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation is the giving of grants primarily in the areas of music, the arts and education, while also supporting social work, environmental protection, and spiritual and compassionate projects in our community. In this spirit, The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation seeks to assist those whose needs are oftentimes not served by larger philanthropic organizations.  


Josh Groban's Find Your Light Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a quality arts education.  They believe that is best achieved through direct support of exceptional arts programs combined with education, advocacy and outreach.  They focus support where the need is greatest to inform and inspire others in recognizing arts education as a critical component of a young person's development.  Josh took the grassroots passion his fans shared with him for arts education and created Find Your Light.  As someone who himself was inspired at a young age through his own arts classes, he deeply wanted to pay it forward.  


The Redlich Horwitz Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives and long-term outcomes of children and young adults in the foster care system in New York and elsewhere. They believe that every youth in foster care deserves a loving, stable family in order to be able to envision, strive for, and achieve a productive, secure, and personally fulfilling adulthood. To that end, they support and work collaboratively with service providers, policy advocates, government agencies, and foster youth to implement thoughtful, data-driven policies and programs directed toward: (i) Ensuring that every child exits the foster care system into a permanent, loving family through timely reunification, adoption, kin guardianship, or other lifelong adult connection; and (ii) Promoting more efficient and effective practices and policies across the systems that impact children and youth in foster care, particularly in the areas of education, mental health and the family courts.


WellMet is a women-led philanthropy that meets four times a year to participate in a structured, research-based grantmaking process that funds emerging New York City nonprofits.  Their members nominate nonprofits for grant consideration, vote on invitations to apply for a grant, conduct due diligence and site visits, recommend funding and vote on final grants.  Each member donates annual to the grantmaking fund and they strive to give away all available funds each year.  WellMet membership is impactful empowering, enriching, and meaningful. 

Thank you to Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt, and Development Specialists, Inc. for their generous donation of office space. 

And by our Culture For One Giving Program:

Leadership Circle
(Gifts of $20,000 or more)

The Agnes Varis Trust
Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt
Diana and Joe DiMenna
Janet and Howard Kagan

(Gifts of $10,000-$19,999)

Jennifer Bandier and Neil Boyarsky
Drs. Lenore and Robert Cohen
Frederick and Diana Elghanayan Family Foundation
The Foster Foundation
Shelley Lazar
Lizzy and Bryce Markus

(Gifts of $5,000-$9,999)

James Basker
Joel Boyarsky
Dozoretz Family Foundation
Michael Field
Find Your Light Foundation
Josh Groban
Redlich Horwitz Foundation
Toni Haber and Carol Burns

(Gifts of $2,500-$4,999)

Dorothy and Martin Bandier
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Joy and Steven Bunson
Sanford Cohen
Jill and Aaron Fink
The Marshall Frankel Foundation
Lori and Simon Furie
Kate Lear
Lowey Foundation, Inc.
Patti Hansen Richards
Kathleen Histon Ross and Harvey Ross
Randi Rossignol
Caroline Schmidt
Kimberly and Viqar Shariff
Denise Spillane
The Joyce C. Stern Foundation
Nancy and Michael Weber
Helen Williams