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Gladys Brooks Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Gladys Brooks Thayer, under whose will the Gladys Brooks Foundation was created, died on May 1, 1976 at the age of 94. Mrs. Thayer was born in New York City and spent most of her early life in Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Thayer was an avid collector of antique furniture, china, glass, prints, and other artifacts. As the years went on, Mrs. Thayer realized the importance of giving these collections to museums and other institutions, which would maintain them. As a result of the tragic death of her son, she became interested in the welfare of boys, particularly underprivileged boys.


health care, higher education, libraries/library science


Giving generally limited to CT, DE, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, and VT.

No grants to individuals, or for research or salaries.


Expenditures: $1,911,319

Total giving: $1,435,782

Qualifying distributions: $1,686,610

Giving activities include:

$1,435,782 for 17 grants (high: $190,000; low: $10,000)


  • $100,000 to Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in 2012. For library endowment
  • $100,000 to Good Neighbor Health Clinic, White River Junction, VT, in 2012. For Dental Equipment and Student Externships
  • $100,000 to New York University, New York, NY, in 2012. For library technology
  • $100,000 to Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster, NH, in 2012. For medical simulation equipment
  • $50,000 to Mount Washington Observatory, North Conway, NH, in 2012. For Library Artifacts Displays
  • $10,000 to New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, in 2012. For technology equipment