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About Us

Our Mission

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation strives to fulfill the commitment of its founders to provide philanthropic leadership in two principal arenas, medicine and the arts.  It does so by awarding grants for programs, facilities and endowments to distinguished medical, educational and cultural institutions in the United States and internationally. In the medical arena, the Foundation supports institutions at the forefront of biomedical research and clinical care, with an emphasis on healthcare for women. In the arts, the Foundation supports exhibitions and other programs that encourage recognition and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, promote scholarship, and otherwise enhance cultural life. Furthering the Cantor legacy in the visual arts, the Foundation’s activities in this arena continue to focus on the work of the sculptor Auguste Rodin and his contemporaries.