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About Us




The van Ameringen Foundation funds innovative and practical programs for early intervention, advocacy and increased accessibility of mental health services for people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities.




The van Ameringen Foundation is a private grant making foundation located in New York City. The Foundation was established by Arnold Louis van Ameringen in 1950 and received its assets from him during his lifetime and at his death in 1966 and from his widow, Hedwig van Ameringen, during her lifetime and at her death in 1996.


From its inception, the Foundation has funded prevention, education, and direct care in the mental health field, as well as advocacy efforts to achieve systems change locally and nationally.  The emphasis continues to be on assisting people and communities with limited resources and opportunities to access preventive, early intervention and effective mental health treatment.

Traditionally, the van Ameringen Foundation supported direct service and advocacy organizations in the greater New York City and Philadelphia metro areas, as well as some limited national advocacy organizations. Since 2018, the Foundation has focused its grantmaking in Philadelphia and the five boroughs of New York City, and continues to fund some national advocacy efforts.

To read more about the Foundation's history, click here.

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