The Lloyd and Laura Blankfein Foundation gave $1.7 million to charity last year (up from $1.3 million in 2009). Some of these monetary gifts went to "Dorot, a New York nonprofit that aids the elderly, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and New York Cares, which mobilizes volunteers to help the city’s disadvantaged," while LB's alma mater, Harvard Law School, the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where his kids went to school, and the Bridgehampton Fire Department on Long Island, on call June-August in case a fire in Lloyd's loins needs putting out, also got some clams. Without having spoken with them, it's probably safe to say all the recipients appreciated the money. One person, perhaps feeling left out of the Blankfeins Make It Rain party, could not give less of a rat's ass and is pretty sure you shouldn't either, at least until we get some answers.
“Gestures like the gift to the fire department are ‘good- neighbor grants,’” Melissa Berman, chief executive officer of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in New York, said in a phone interview. “The gifts to schools one has attended are affiliation grants. All of us, even people of modest resources, support their local house of worship or institutions they have been affiliated with....It’s impossible to tell from the family foundation information the scope of what Lloyd Blankfein and his family care about because I think we’re only seeing a tiny fraction of what they’re giving,” Berman said.