For more than 100 years, the Kislak name has represented a commitment to business, education, philanthropy and community service. Julius I. Kislak founded Kislak Realty in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1906. His son Jay I. Kislak first joined the family business in 1938 and, in the following decades, worked to build a significant, highly successful national enterprise in real estate services and finance. Today, two independent foundations, endowed by Jay Kislak and his family, carry out active philanthropic and educational programs.
The Jay I. Kislak Foundation preserves and advances knowledge of past cultures, civilizations and explorations. This operating foundation conserves collections of rare books, art and historic documents, and conducts programs of research and education.
The Kislak Family Foundation supports leadership and innovation in the fields of education, arts and humanities, animal welfare and environmental preservation. This philanthropic foundation provides grant funding to selected nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.
We take pride in the achievements made possible through the support of the Kislak family members and their foundations. Their partner institutions are strong, innovative and dedicated to programs that advance learning and benefit society.
The Library of Congress: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress, a 2004 gift to the nation, forms the heart of an ongoing program of research, education and exhibitions.
University of Pennsylvania: The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts creates a vibrant space that brings together people, technology and unique content.
Monmouth University: The Kislak Real Estate Institute provides business education programs for professional, graduate and undergraduate students.
University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine: HAARTS (Helping Alachua’s Animals Requiring Treatment and Surgery) enhances the surgical training of veterinary students while providing care for shelter animals.
Florida State University, College of Business: The FSU real estate education program is among the leading programs of its kind in the nation.
University of Miami, School of Business Administration: UM’s Real Estate Impact Conference is an innovative program that brings together influential thought leaders.
University of Miami and Miami Dade College: A partnership for education, history and culture in collaboration with the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.