The Commodore was not the symbol of philanthropy, despite having so much money! But, his descendants through time contributed money and/or resources to various causes and institutions.

Clear Lake Scout Reservation – located in Putnam Valley N.Y.  In 1968, William Osgood Field,  deeded his estate to the Boy Scouts of America.

Vanderbilt University – before he died, Cornelius desired to give Central University in Nashville, TN with an endowment. After he died, his son William Henry carried out the gift and added money – for a total of about 1.2 million.  This apparently was the largest endowment given to any Southern Methodist institution.

Vanderbilt Clinic — gifted by the four sons of William Henry to The College of Physicians and Surgeons, now Columbia University.

Shelburne Museum – located in Shelburne, Vermont, the museum was founded in 1947 Electra (Havemeyer) Webb, wife of J. Watson Webb.  J. Watson was the son of the Commodore’s granddaughter Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt and husband William Webb Sr.

Sloane Maternity Hospital – presented to the College of Physicians and Surgeons by Emily Vanderbilt Sloan in 1886, daughter of William Henry Vanderbilt.

Whitney-Headley Museum (Lexington, KY) – founded by George Headley and wife Barbara Whitney.  Ms. Whitney was the daughter of Harry Payne Whitney & Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Whitney Museum of Modern Art – founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.  In 1931, she donated a large collection of more art objects, and purchased some art, for its founding. Gertrude was a great-granddaughter of the Commodore.

One thought on “Philanthropy

  1. Bill Fogle

    Dear Ms. Taneya Koonce:

    I would like to share my notes on Cornelius Vanderbilt 3d who was stabbed to death in his home on 27 October 1988. I have a few questions.
    This is for a history of the Cornell Deke House that I am writing.

    Can you provide either a mailing address or an email address?

    Bill Fogle
    3237 E. Fox St
    Mesa AZ 85213

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