New grants to offset transportation costs for educational field trips.

The Winnick Family Foundation has provided new field-trip grants to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. The new grants will offset transportation costs for educational field trips to the museum in Springfield, Illinois. Applications for the new funds, made directly from the Lincoln Museum, are due September 1 from teachers nationwide at schools with high enrollments of students from low-income families.

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 Gary Winnick stated, “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is just five years old but already one of the most popular cultural venues in the country, educating millions about the life of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. We are pleased to make this educational institution even more accessible, particularly for those schools and school districts where funds for field trips are scarce.”

The museum has received accolades from museum designers and historians for its use of modern technology, theatrics, and high-fidelity figures to tell the Lincoln story.

Said T. Tolbert Chisum, CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation: “This generous grant from the Winnick Family Foundation makes it possible for students from across the nation to achieve this innovative learning experience and become acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, perhaps our finest president.”

To apply for a transportation grant, visit:

Winnick grant awards will be announced beginning October 1. For more information on grants, call Randy Wiseman at 217-558-9016 or contact by e-mail.

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House and Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

 They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit on the Web.

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Financier and philanthropist Gary Winnick delivered keynote remarks at an afternoon conversation and open forum for students and faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The subject of the April 23rd event, held in the School’s Darman Seminar Room, was “Leadership in Crisis.”

Appearing at the School’s Center for Public Leadership, Winnick spoke of his own cutting-edge career which transformed three industries – venture finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert, fiber optic telecommunications at Global Crossing, and now clean-technology construction at iCrete.

The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was established in 2000 and provides cutting-edge teaching and research as well as hands-on training in the practical skills of leadership for people in government, not-for-profits, and business.

David Gergen, director of the center and an advisor to four American Presidents, is also host of the seminar series which invites current global leaders from the worlds of business, government, and philanthropy to present their personal “leadership journeys” in the context of current issues and events.

Said Gergen: “Across America and around much of the globe, people are searching for public leaders – men and women of talent, vision and entrepreneurial spirit. Gary Winnick is such a leader – a man who has come through crisis, bounced back, and continues to create new companies with energy, zeal, and creativity.”

Winnick was asked by Christopher Peabody, winner of a prestigious Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard’s School of Public Health where he is a master’s candidate, to outline the skill sets needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.

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