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NWS Resilience Fund

NWS Resilience Fund


The NWS Resilience Fund was created in Summer 2020 in response to the devastating impact of both COVID-19 and the consequences of systemic racism on the performing arts. Seeded with $500,000 from NWS Trustee Dr. Judith Rodin, the first $100,000 was provided immediately to support the earliest phases of recovery. The Fund supports programmatic and organizational agility, innovation and transformation, and initiatives centered on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Dr. Rodin, who has written extensively on the impact of resilience on long-term success explains, “Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from crises more quickly and effectively, to learn from them, and to transform as a result.”

Under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas’s leadership, the Resilience Fund will allow New World Symphony to expand its work with young musicians from all backgrounds, and to make the digital space more personal and inclusive.

Your gifts to the Resilience Fund will allow NWS to:

  • Adapt effectively to current and future challenges
  • Innovate in performance, artistry and education in a way that utilizes current and emerging digital technology to build a global platform and audience
  • Invest in and utilize the unique talents of NWS Fellows during an unprecedented time


*Under Gift Options, please specify “This gift is being made for NWS Resilience Fund”.


Resilience Fund Donors*:


Judith Rodin and Paul Verkuil


Ann M. Drake


Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm
Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Hersh
Kleh Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William Kleh
Amy and Richard Kohan
Kristin Podack
The Wege Foundation


Susan D. Kronick and Edward Manno Shumsky


Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Heafitz
Nelson Family Foundation


Ira and Carole Hall


Mr. Richard D. Banziger
Tracey Corwin
Pamela Garrison
Bill Ross


Mr. Hal Birchfield
Brenda Boleyn and Susan Kadar
Linda Brickman
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Edelstein
Ms. Gabriela Fanning
Dr. and Mrs. Gary M. Flax
Lenore Gaynor
Bruce and Margaret Gelin
Rabbi and Mrs. Myron Geller
Clive and Barbara Kabatznik
Clarita Kassin
Mrs. Diane Magida
Richard Mahfood and Nellie James-Douglas
Ms. Janet R. McAliley
In memory of Yetta Mintz
In Memory of Cecelia Mooney
Dr. and Mrs. Ramon J. Moran Jr.
Ms. Marie F Pelissier
Faye and Jeffrey Roth
Mr. John Sanders
Rosita Sarnoff and Elisabeth Sapery
Fran Savlov
Sylvan & Sandy Seidenman
Mr. H. James Sigsbee
Dorothy Stein
Mr. Robert Steinberg
Henry and Suzanne Stolar
Florence Valkenberg
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Van Poznak
Ronald Webb
Bruce Wolf and Louise Ross


*as of March 31, 2023

Carnival Corporation & PLC Knight Foundation The Kovner Foundation City of Miami Beach Miami-Dade County Yamaha Artist Services