Donation Challenge

The National Endowment for the Arts is expected to award Building Capital a $30,000 grant that must be matched dollar-for-dollar. To date, we have raised $18,000–– and a huge thank you to the donors at the Open City Benefit on June 9 for their contributions. 

Would you consider chipping in to close our $12K gap and help us meet our match?


A sanitation garage in East Harlem.
A design studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A historic house in Pelham Bay Park.
A revolutionary fort in Rosebank.
A vacant airline terminal at JFK Airport.
The award-winning train hall we gathered in last night. 

We’ve opened them all.

Open House New York promotes broad, unparalleled access to the city—to the places, people, projects, systems, and ideas that define New York and its future. Reaching more than 150,000 New Yorkers each year, we bring people together for a shared experience of the city.


This summer, OHNY is launching Building Capital: The Value of Place, a new program exploring how different forms of capital—financial, cultural, community—determine quality of place and quality of life in New York. Supported by a Building Capital Fellow, this series will equip community organizations on the frontlines of neighborhood change with tools and resources as they work to reverse decades of chronic disinvestment.

Building Capital will address:

  • How a combination of financial, cultural, and community assets can mitigate chronic disinvestment and legacies of discriminatory practices in communities of color.
  • How place, race, and access determine quality of life in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

The National Endowment for the Arts is expected to award Building Capital a $30,000 grant that must be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

Thank you to our generous Donation Challenge Supporters

Peter Aigner
Irene Ashkenazy
Alex Azero
Paul Bauer
Patrick Ciccone
Matthew Clarke
Cristobal Correa
Candace Damon
Marilynn Davis
Flora Esterly
Brian Falconer
Nina Freedman
Gisela Garrett
Emilio Gonzalez
Jonathan Gouveia
Anya Gribanova
Gregory Gross
Andrew Gustafson
Hands On Pilates
Sanket Karuri
Ick Kim
Jane Koltsova
Elizabeth Leber
Dennis Lin
Nelson Madubuonwu
Janine Milazzo
Tracey Moynihan
Robert Murray
Michael O’Loughlin
Caroline Otto
Benjamin Prosky
Mary Quandt
David Schleifer
Justin Steinhouse
Drew Stuart
John Sullivan
Jonathan Taylor
Simone Vingerhoets
Gregory Wessner