MISSION & HISTORY

The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. was established by Fan Fox Samuels, originally of Hartford, Connecticut, and her husband, Leslie R. Samuels, originally of Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuels were married in 1940 and settled in New York City where they lived together for over forty years. They were great patrons of the performing arts, especially Lincoln Center and its constituents, and they firmly believed that their wealth should be used to make New York a better place to live and work.

In the over 30 years since Mr. and Mrs. Samuels’ deaths, the overall goals of the Foundation have remained those of its founders. The Foundation has consistently supported the performing arts which remain a major focus of its grant making, and has devoted substantial resources to health and social service programs that will improve the lives of New Yorkers.