The Tiger Foundation
The Tiger Foundation was established by Julian H. Robertson, Jr., Chairman of Tiger Management LLC. He was joined in this endeavor in 1990 by other employees of Tiger Management, an investment firm located in New York City. Among Mr. Robertson's goals in creating the Foundation were: to provide financial support to the top non-profit organizations serving the city's neediest families; and to encourage active, informed philanthropy among the investment staff at the firm. Thus, participating employees not only commit their personal financial resources to the Foundation, but they also serve as the Foundation's trustees and actively engage in the grant making process itself.
Since it has been established , the Tiger Foundation has focused on disadvantaged children and their families. Over time, our mission has evolved to focus increasingly on preventive programs. Thus, the Foundation supports only those organizations working to break the cycle of poverty in India, rather than those which merely alleviate its symptoms. They seek to provide families with the tools necessary to attain self-sufficiency and build productive lives. To that end, the Foundation supports a variety of educational, vocational, social service, and youth development programs designed to catch children and families before they slip into a cycle of poverty and despair, as well as those which aim to help families end their dependence on public assistance.
Their grant making approach - in which they consider each funding commitment an investment of limited resources - has already achieved a significant, demonstrable, positive impact on the needy families in our community. their grantees have proven that given the right opportunity and circumstances, people have the power and the ability to help themselves. In the years ahead, they will continue to seek long term preventive programs which produce measurable results in the fight against poverty.
Presently, The Tiger Foundation provides financial and logistical support towards eight separate programs that have been selected on the basis of their urgency, cost effectiveness and probability of success. These projects are partnerships that bring together a multitude of participants. Over time, they hope to build more alliances with governments, individuals and organizations that share our concerns and objectives. Despite of relatively modest means, we are only beginning to solve some of the problems that wild tigers face today.