About Us

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

Why the Puffin?

The Puffin, once endangered in the northeastern United States, was returned to its native habitats through the efforts of a concerned citizenry. Our name is a metaphor for how we perceive our mission in the arts: to join with other concerned groups and individuals to ensure that the arts not merely survive, but flourish at all levels of our society.

Perry Rosenstein, the founder and president of The Puffin Foundation and Puffin Cultural Forum, passed away on 4/3/20 from COVID-19. We invite you to share your memories, stories, and reflections on this Facebook page, and to enjoy those shared by others. Perry Rosenstein: A Life and Times Memorial.

 


Puffin Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

Puffin condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the murders and suffering being carried out by the wishes of President Vladimir Putin. He bears sole responsibility for the destruction, chaos, and loss of life.  Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this war, including the people of Ukraine, the surrounding countries, and all those around the world with family, friends and loved ones in the region. Putin has perverted the concept of anti-fascism to justify his pursuit of a new Russian empire. These despicable violations of human rights must be opposed by the world community.

Our Grantees

Special Projects

Gallery for Social Activism

A People’s History of Struggle at the Museum of the City of NY
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Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship

Supporting visionaries who challenge the status quo
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Opens 4 Feb, 2020

ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism

Honoring International Champions of Human Rights
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Opens 4 Feb, 2020

Investigative Journalism

Helping Make Journalism that Matters Possible MORE INFO

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Puffin Cultural Forum

Fostering a dialogue of art, issues & community
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More Special Projects

 

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In The Blog

Puffin Closed 11/21-11/25

November 18, 2022

The offices of The Puffin Foundation and Puffin Cultural Forum will be closed next week. If you need to contact us via phone or email we’ll respond when we return to the office on Monday, 11/28. Please review our FAQ if you have questions about the grant cycle. Email: Read More

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The Puffin Spotlight: Issue 13

November 7, 2022

A Look Back at Puffin’s 2022 Grant Cycle Every year, for the last 30 or so, there’s a day when we at The Puffin Foundation absolutely light up with excitement — when that first application for our annual Artist Grant Cycle comes in. That proposal will soon be followed by Read More

We’re Hiring!

October 13, 2022

The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. is looking to fill two positions within our organization. Each job has its own application process, so please click to links below to review and apply. Puffin Foundation Financial Controller Background  The Puffin Foundation, Ltd. seeks a Financial Controller who shares our commitment to support artists Read More

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