Mission and History

The Pinkerton Foundation is an independent grantmaking organization established in 1966 by Robert Allan Pinkerton, the Chairman and CEO of Pinkerton’s, Inc., then the nation’s oldest and largest security company. The foundation, which retains no ties to the firm, supports community-based programs for children, youth and families in economically disadvantaged areas in New York City.  Although we consider a wide range of youth development initiatives, Pinkerton favors direct-service programs that have one overriding goal: to help young people reach their full potential. With that in mind, the foundation looks for groups with capable leadership, high expectations, well-defined goals and active, engaged participants.  Most of the programs we support take place in the after-school, weekend or summer hours and focus on providing opportunities for academic development, career readiness and cultural enrichment. We also support a number of programs that offer a way forward for young people after an encounter with the criminal justice system or years in foster care.

Trustees and Officers

Board of Trustees

Joan Colello
Executive Director Emeritus
The Pinkerton Foundation

Robert R. Gould
Vice Chairman
Magnetic Analysis Corp.
Retired Partner
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

James Piereson
William E. Simon Foundation

Marnie S. Pillsbury
Philanthropic Advisor
Former Executive Director
The David Rockefeller Fund

Daniel L. Mosley
BDT & Company, LLC
Retired Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Roy Weathers
Vice Chair – Tax Leader

Richard M. Smith
The Pinkerton Foundation


Daniel L. Mosley

Marnie S. Pillsbury

James Piereson

George J. Gillespie III *
Chairman Emeritus