About Us

Group Respite

Relatives as Parents

Leadership in Aging





The Brookdale Foundation Group


Frank W. Burr Blvd

Suite 13

Teaneck, NJ









About Us

Who We Are

For nearly 60 years, the Brookdale Foundation Group has worked to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the live of senior citizens -- in New York City, across the country, and even around the world.

Established in 1950 by brothers Henry, Irving, Robert, Benjamin and Arnold Schwartz, the Foundation initially focused on the medical field and on scholarship support for higher education. Under the leadership of Henry L. Schwartz, who was succeeded by his nephew, Stephen L. Schwartz in 1984, the focus shifted to serving America's senior citizens. Since then, we have strived to stay on the cutting edge on issues in the field of aging. Currently, we offer seed grants for two national initiatives (our Group Respite Program and our Relatives as Parents Program), and cultivate the next generation of leaders through our Leadership in Aging Fellowship Program. Through it all, the vision and compassion of the Schwartz family remain our driving force as we focus on the needs and challenges of America's elderly.

Directors and Trustees

The Brookdale Foundation The Glendale Foundation Ramapo Trust
Directors Directors Trustees
Stephen L. Schwartz Stephen L. Schwartz Stephen L. Schwartz
Arthur Norman Field Karen S. Hart Arthur Norman Field
Mary Ann Van Clief Mary Ann Van Clief Karen S. Hart
Andrew M. Schreier   Mary Ann Van Clief
William S. Schreier    
Robert P. Hart    
 Daniel J. Shaffer    


Stephen L. Schwartz, President Stephen L. Schwartz, President  
Mary Ann Van Clief, Vice President Mary Ann Van Clief, Vice President  
Victor C. Biggs, Assistant Vice President Maria Asenjo, Secretary  
Mary Asenjo, Secretary Manuel F. Billena, Treasurer  
Manuel F. Billena, Treasurer    

Staff and Consultants

Melinda Perez-Porter
Victor Biggs
Manuel Billena
Director of the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
Information Technology
Valerie Hall
Mary de la Cruz
Grant Coordinator
Conference Coordinator & Respite Associate
Senior Accountant
Respite Program Consultant
Carmen Mendieta

Technical Assistance Consultant to The Brookdale Foundation Group Respite Program


Our Grants

Please click on the links to the left for more information about our initiatives. Please note, we do not fund capital improvements or operating budgets. We will not consider grant applications from individuals.  Prospective grantee organizations must have 501 (c) (3) or equivalent tax exempt status and must submit a letter from the Internal Revenue Service verifying this information.

We do not publish an annual report.

Our copyright and legal information is available here.