$250,000 Gift Celebrates ACLS's Past--and Future


Board member Carl H. Pforzheimer III and his wife, Betty, have made an unrestricted gift of $250,000 in recognition of ACLS’s 97-year legacy of advancing humanistic studies.

"As ACLS approaches its centennial in 2019, we are delighted to acknowledge its significant legacy of placing humanities research in the foreground of higher education and society. And we are very pleased to commend the superb leadership of President Pauline Yu, and to endorse ACLS’s commitment to fostering new knowledge through expanded fellowship programs as it embarks on its second century." said Mr. Pforzheimer.

“ACLS is very grateful to Carl and Betty Pforzheimer for their generosity and steadfast belief in our work,” said Pauline Yu. “While we are proud that our fellowship programs now award more than $18 million annually, we are also keenly aware that our peer reviewers encounter significantly more worthy projects than can be funded. With the help of donors like the Pforzheimers, ACLS will provide more scholars with the research time they need to contribute innovative ideas across the range of the humanities.”

Carl and Betty Pforzheimer are committed philanthropists and nonprofit leaders. They have served on boards of numerous organizations, contributing to fields ranging from education to the arts to health care. In the humanities and higher education, Mr. Pforzheimer has chaired the board of the National Humanities Council and Pace University, is a life trustee of The New York Public Library, and is treasurer of the board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Pforzheimer is the former chair and currently a vice chair of the board of Bank Street College of Education and is trustee emerita of Wellesley College. Mr. Pforzheimer joined the ACLS board in 2016.