The Lawrence B. and Elyse Benenson Charitarian Foundation

10 Grand Central Tower

New York, NY, 10017

(212) 716-9004


The Lawrence B. and Elyse Benenson Charitarian Foundation believes that people who have more ought to help people who have less. When charity flourishes, human suffering is alleviated. The Charitarian Fund promotes, engenders, and spreads good thinking and direct action by giving money to educational, environmental, artistic and community empowerment organizations that actually help people.






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Lawrence B. Benenson is dedicated to several charitable and educational institutions that are working to increase truth, fairness, creativity and logic in New York City and everywhere. Mr. Benenson is currently a member of the Board of the Mosholu Montefiore Community Center in the Bronx, The Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Center for Arts Education, American Folk Art Museum, ART / OMI International Arts Center, The Realty Foundation of New York, New York Junior Tennis and Learning, Al Hirschfeld Foundation, Ad Reinhardt Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Lawrence Benenson gives money to organizations focusing on reducing hunger, increasing reproductive rights, safeguarding the environment, enhancing arts education, housing the homeless and kindness.


Elyse Benenson is a photographer, curator, charitarian and new mother living in New York City. Mrs. Benenson’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Hyperallergic and Carriage Trade’s Social Photography exhibits, among others. Her interviews, including Huma Bhabha and the late Irving Petlin, in which she applies her deep knowledge about artists and their work in intimate conversations, have been published in The Brooklyn Rail. During her years as gallery director at Chelsea’s Kent Fine Art, Mrs. Benenson formed a close relationship with the late Paul Laffoley, photographing him and co-editing his monograph The Essential Paul Laffoley, published by The University of Chicago Press. She curated Laffoley’s art and manuscripts in The American Folk Art Museum’s Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the New-Fangled Epic exhibit, in the spring of 2018. Elyse Benenson is passionate about helping people, and together with her husband Lawrence B. Benenson, she started the Lawrence B. and Elyse Benenson Charitarian Fund.