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  The mission of The Rosenkranz Foundation is to encourage the highest levels of achievement and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. It seeks to promote fresh and effective intellectual perspectives. It is committed to promoting intellectual diversity in public policy discourse and higher education.

The Rosenkranz Foundation was established by Robert Rosenkranz in 1985.  Its focus is on public policy research, higher education, and the arts, with an emphasis on Asian art.  In public policy, it has initiated the Intelligence Squared US (IQ2 US) series of debates in the United States, launching in September 2006, and has supported such think tanks as the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, and in London, Policy Exchange.  In higher education, it has made several grants to Yale University, funding the creation of 20 new courses in scientific method and quantitative reasoning, endowing the Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence program there, and underwriting the renovation of Rosenkranz Court in Pierson College.  It also provides support for The Federalist Society (including sponsoring its Annual Rosenkranz Debate) and other initiatives to promote intellectual diversity in legal education.  In Asian art, it has sponsored a major traveling exhibition and scholarly catalogue on the artist and writer Mu Xin, donated a substantial collection of modern Chinese art to the Harvard University Art Museums and has helped fund the production of a series of books on the culture and civilization of China published by Yale University Press.  The Rosenkranz Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  
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  Grant-Making & Applications

The Rosenkranz Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for grants.


Robert Rosenkranz is CEO of Delphi Financial Group, an insurance company with some $10 billion in assets, and the founder of a group of investment and private equity partnerships.

He serves on the board of directors for the Manhattan Institute and the Lincoln Center Film Society in New York and of Policy Exchange, the center-right think tank in London. He is also a member of the Yale University Council, the Yale School of Architecture Deanís Council, the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Photography at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A graduate of Yale University (A.B. summa cum laude 1962) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1965), he was a tax lawyer with the New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and an economist with The RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance.  In 1969, he joined Oppenheimer & Company where he was a General Partner when he left to form Rosenkranz & Company, a private equity firm, in 1978.

Mr. Rosenkranz lives in Manhattan in an apartment that reflects his interests in Asian art and modern design. He has two adult children, Nicholas and Stephanie, both constitutional law scholars, and is married to Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum.

Stephanie Rosenkranz Hessler is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She writes frequently on constitutional law, national security law, counter terrorism law and judicial nominations. Her work has been featured in the Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Examiner and on Fox News.

Ms. Hessler served as a constitutional lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She drafted and negotiated legislation and advised on a wide range of topics including terrorist surveillance, domestic wiretapping, Guantanamo detainees, habeas corpus, presidential signing statements, abortion, voting rights and eminent domain. She also served on the legal team that counseled on the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Before joining the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ms. Hessler practiced international arbitration at a private law firm in New York City. After graduating from law school, Ms. Hessler clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Hessler received her B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City with her husband and their twins.

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and an occasional Broadway producer.


  Senior Staff

S. Dana Wolfe is Executive Director of The Rosenkranz Foundation and Executive Producer of Intelligence Squared US debate series. Ms. Wolfe is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who spent over a decade as a producer for Ted Koppelís Nightline on ABC News. During the course of her career, she has conducted interviews with leading newsmakers, heads of state, and celebrities, including Salman Rushdie, Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Yasser & Suha Arafat, and Yitzhak Rabin. After her Nightline tenure, Ms. Wolfe became an independent media consultant. Prior to Nightline, she worked for then-Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu at Israelís United Nations Mission and later became assistant managing editor at the Washington, DC-based foreign policy journal The National Interest. A Canadian native, she began her television career in Toronto at CTVís Canada AM. Ms. Wolfe received her B.A. from York University in Toronto and her M.A. in International Studies from New York University.

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