Toby and Larry
Toby Milstein, aged 24 and her brother Larry Milstein, aged 22, are two of New York City’s most active and inspiring philanthropists.
Toby studied history at Barnard College at Columbia University, and while at school founded her own nonprofit, Wear It Don’t Bear It, which donated the sales of her personally designed charms to The Bereaved Parents of the USA and to The Sandy Hook Foundation. Toby founded the company in reaction to seeing the glamorization of guns in popular culture and wanted to find a way for women to wear a statement of anti-violence in the wake of a horrific gun epidemic in the US, as she felt that she could not sit idle and wanted to help facilitate change.
Toby currently oversees Business Development for Joy.co – a startup app based on the West Coast. She is a member of the Junior Council at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, a Junior Chair of the American Jewish Committee, a member of the Junior Association at MOMA, a member of The Cultivist, and a member of the Artemus Council at the New Museum – which is dedicated to shining light on female artists.
This year, Toby co-founded with Cary Leitzes of Leitzes and Co an initiative called re:purpose. With Uber as the transportation partner, they send beauty and hygiene products to the women at Coalition for the Homeless who are in a 14-week job training program called First Step, where at the end they are ready for work. But self-confidence and pride is more than half the battle and re:purpose helps the women look presentable and feel beautiful for their job interviews. To this end, Toby and Cary collected thousands of beauty products and goods donated by Vogue, Allure, W, T Magazine, The Cut, Teen Vogue, and companies including LeSportSac, REN, Skyn Iceland, which the women were given to use.
Meanwhile, Larry, who is currently finishing his final year at Yale where he majors in Global Affairs and studies Mandarin, has been a leader in activism since high school, where he co-founded a chapter of the Charity: Water organization and raised over $15,000 to build four wells, which he later helped build, in Tanzania. In New York, he is a fixture of the philanthropic landscape, serving as a Young Fellow at the Frick Museum, interning at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Channel 13/WNET, and recently joining the Federal Club Council for the Human Rights Campaign. At Yale, as an editor of the Opinion section for the Yale Daily News, the oldest college daily, Larry wrote editorial pieces and published Op-Eds that reflected the student activism over issues of inclusion and diversity on campus.
Both siblings have been active in their next generation of the Milstein family’s gift of $5-million for the opening of the new Infant Cardiac Unit at NYPH’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. It is being dedicated in Toby and Larry’s grandparent’s honor.
The New York Presbyterian Hospital has been important to their family for four generations, as their grandfather, Seymour, was Chairman of the Board of NYPH and their father and Aunt followed in his footstep as board members. The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Heart Center has become the preeminent heart center in the country for adults and it was their hope that the new Infant Cardiac Center will fulfill the other spectrum by serving babies from all around the world. Before making this commitment, they spent a lot of time with the fine doctors and other staff members at NYPH.
Both siblings and work with their own personal Foundations to identify causes that are close to their passions, and figure out ways in which they can help.