Rick Luftglass is a senior philanthropy professional who has worked in corporate,
foundation and nonprofit entities for more than 22 years. He has served as Executive
Director of the Pfizer Foundation and as Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy
for Pfizer Inc. Prior to joining Pfizer, he worked in cultural organizations in New York City.
Rick’s responsibilities at Pfizer included leadership of the Foundation’s full range of
programs and management, including grantmaking, strategy, operations, governance,
asset planning and board support. The Foundation’s programs consisted of U.S and
international health initiatives, science education partnerships in thirty communities
and engagement of employees in philanthropic endeavors. He also had responsibility
for Pfizer’s U.S. Corporate Philanthropy programs, which included community grants,
cultural support, disaster relief and patient assistance programs to provide medicines
for free to low-income, uninsured patients served by community health centers, urban
hospitals and physicians. These programs benefited more than 2 million patients annually.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Pfizer as the #1 corporate giver in four of the past five
years; grants and donations of medicines totaled more than $1.8 billion in 2007. Pfizer
received the “Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award” from the Committee to
Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, the “Corporate Conscience Award” from the Council for
Economic Opportunities, the “Best in Class Award” from the Committee to Aid Education,
and other awards and recognition for its philanthropic endeavors.
Rick‘s considerable involvement in community and professional organizations has
included: serving on the Executive Committee of the Conference Board’s Contributions
Council, the Council on Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Council and the Board of
Directors of Philanthropy New York (previously the New York Regional Association of
Grantmakers), and as past Chair of the Contributions Advisory Group, a professional
association in New York City. He also is currently the President of the Board of the Center
for Traditional Music and Dance, a 40-year-old organization that works to conserve, present
and sustain cultural traditions in New York City's immigrant communities. Rick co-chairs
economic development on the Economic, Waterfront, Community Development and
Housing Committee of Brooklyn’s Community Board 6, which spans Carroll Gardens, Red
Hook, Park Slope, Gowanus and Cobble Hill.
Rick joined Pfizer in 1993. He has an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of
Business and a B.A. in history from Haverford College.