The Blavatnik Family Foundation, founded and exclusively funded by Len, has contributed in excess of USD $700 million to more than 250 institutions to advance science, higher education, good government and the arts through meaningful involvement and charitable giving.
Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
In 2007 the Foundation established the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists together with the New York Academy of Sciences to recognize promising scientists in the early stages of their careers, at a point in scientific discovery when seed funding can most significantly accelerate profound science and health–related breakthroughs. Award winners are selected by a distinguished panel of Nobel laureates and many of the world’s most esteemed scientists. To date the scientific research of more than 250 scientists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel have been advanced through this program.
Scientific Innovation and Discovery
The Foundation donated more than $475 million to institutions renowned for their study of life sciences. This includes the largest gift in the history of Harvard Medical School.
The Foundation supports universities distinguished by programs of excellence in the study of international business and government. Donations have included a gift to the University of Oxford to establish the Blavatnik School of Government, and another to Harvard Business School to create the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship program.
Arts and Culture
The Foundation is committed to supporting world-class art and cultural institutions to preserve their beauty and history in all forms spanning theatres, museums, and performing arts centers. Contributions have included $25 million to Carnegie Hall in New York to fund the growth of its artistic, educational and digital initiatives; £50 million to the Tate Modern Museum in London, one of the largest gifts ever received; and generous support for the Victoria and Albert Museum where in 2016 it funded a new hall as part of the museum’s redevelopment program.
Other Charitable Giving
The Foundation also supports local organisations that care for the underprivileged and underserved. This includes organisations serving Jewish communities in the U.S., UK and Israel such as the Colel Chabad, USC Shoah Foundation, and the Jewish World Congress, among others.