Charles Lafitte Foundation: Education, Children's Advocacy, Medical Research and the Arts

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Education, Children's Advocacy, Medical Research and the Arts

The Charles Lafitte Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 1999 by Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron (and named for one of the family dogs!). The Foundation is committed to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts. Recent grants have gone to programs working on cancer, women's issues, and learning disabilities.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 1999 by Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron.

Suzanne is the Co-Founder and past CEO of New World Aviation; a private aviation company owned by the Citrons whose mission is to provide world-class flight services. In addition to her role with the foundation, she is a board member for the American Cancer Society and a former member of the Peer Review Committee for Institutional Research Grants (IRC) for the American Cancer Society. Suzanne has been honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts in 2006.

Jeffrey is a career entrepreneur with a history of bringing efficiency and innovation to large, vertical industries through the application of advanced technologies. Jeffrey is known as both a pioneer and visionary in the financial and telecommunications industries. Jeffrey is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of Vonage. Vonage is a leading provider of SIP-based, VoIP communications services. He is the founder and former CEO of Datek Online Holdings, which was the fourth largest online brokerage company and the Founder of Island ECN, the second largest global financial exchange. Jeffrey and Suzanne have two young children and reside in Brielle , NJ.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation believes:

Guiding Principles

Education provides the tools for individuals to create their own unique and positive solutions.
Innovation, creativity, initiative and risk-taking are essential to success.
Diversity and inclusively are essential for creativity and innovation.
A society's future is dependent upon the quality of nurturance and investment in its children.
The arts are a vital part of expressing our culture.
The human condition can be improved by the appropriate use of education, the arts, science and technology.
Giving Preferences

They prefer projects/programs that make a big difference to some individual's critical needs over a project that will make a small difference to many individual's minor needs.
They like our grants to make a big difference to the project or program being funded.
They prefer projects/programs that provide a permanent solution rather than a temporary bandage. The Foundation will support one-time events aimed at bettering a person's quality of life.
They believe in each individual's ability to make a difference and contribute to society. We prefer to fund projects that remove barriers to full economic and social participation in society.
They do not support studies by groups advocating for a political or public policy perspective; or fund projects whose purpose would benefit principally the members of sectarian or religious organizations.
They believe that those arts are a vital part of expressing our culture. We prefer funding projects that allow access to the arts to all members of society.
Grants are made by the Charles Lafitte Trustees, who meet several times a year. Grant proposals are normally sent to the President of the Foundation and include, in addition to details about the applicant and the proposed project, information on the cost and duration of the work. Overhead for these grants can be budgeted at no more than fifteen percent of direct project costs.

In addition to grants made by the Trustees during these meetings, Trustees can make grants at any time for the Foundation. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Jennifer Vertetis, President at .

The Foundation will reply to your inquiry/proposal if it fits within the current goals and budget for the Foundation. Due to the large number of inquiries, the Foundation does not reply to each inquiry but will contact those that are of interest to the Foundation.

The Foundation has no deadlines or standard forms. They prefer concise, well-organized proposals. In no case should the body of the proposal exceed 10 double-spaced pages. The Foundation prefers proposals sent by e-mail. A brief letter of inquiry, rather than a fully developed proposal, is an advisable first step for an applicant, conserving his or her time and allowing for a preliminary response regarding the possibility of support. The Foundation will contact you if they desire a full proposal. Due to the large number of inquiries they are unable to respond to all requests.