The Marlboro Record

Harold Grinspoon Joins Giving Pledge

A Marlboro pioneer (1948-50) and generous donor to the college for 35 years, Harold Grinspoon and his wife Diane Troderman joined the Giving Pledge launched by Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, and other philanthropists. The Giving Pledge is a commitment by some of the wealthiest individuals in the US and abroad to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes, either during their lifetime or in their will. 

“The sense of mission and accomplishment that I get through my philanthropy energizes me every day,” said Harold, in his pledge letter. “I am honored to join the Giving Pledge, and encourage others to join as well”

Harold is the founder and chairman a private multifamily investment and management company—one of the 50 largest apartment owners in the country—but the best measure of his success is in the realm of philanthropy. Inspired by his wife, Diane, he created the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in 1991 with a mission to enhance Jewish life and engage Jews in the richness of Jewish tradition. Since that time the foundation has supported education in inner-city Springfield, encouraged energy conservation, and supported Jewish life among young people and families. More recently, the foundation launched the PJ Library, distributing free books on subjects of Jewish life and traditions to 100,000 children in communities across the country each month.

“In the 21st century, I believe that for Judaism to continue to have an impact on families and society, Jewish living and learning must be actively cultivated. That is why I am committing nearly all of my assets to my foundation to pursue this goal,” said Harold.

Marlboro College conferred upon Harold an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012 (pictured, above), recognizing his generosity, enthusiasm, and personal humility. Along with promoting literacy, rewarding excellence in teaching, supporting education and health in Cambodia, and much more, Marlboro is honored that the Grinspoon Foundation helps fund financial aid for Marlboro students as well.

A Marlboro College “subfund” within the Grinspoon Foundation has grown to nearly $350,000, thanks to Harold’s generous donations over the years, with an annual distribution this year reaching more than $17,000. This distribution will not only benefit financial aid, but also non-degree programs and the Center for New Leadership. Marlboro applauds Harold’s news of joining the Giving Pledge, and encourages readers to find his full pledge letter and those of others at givingpledge.org.