The Effects of the PeerForward Program

Art Samberg
Art Samberg
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A Stanford University graduate and hedge fund innovator, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently functions as the owner of Hawkes Financial, LLC, a family office. Beyond his work, Art J. Samberg supports the PeerForward program and received the Lifetime Peer Leader honor during the organization’s 2016 gala event.

PeerForward provides students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, with a support network of teachers and peers with the aim of ensuring more people attend college. The organization notes that less than 10 percent of low-income students receive full college educations, despite estimates that 65 percent of jobs will require a college education by 2020.

Since its inception, PeerForward has worked with over 500 schools to boost the numbers of low-income students applying to college, achieving an 85 percent application rate during 2015 in the schools it operates in. Overall, PeerForward has increased college application numbers by over 20 percent across its partner schools, in addition to achieving a 64 percent submission rate for federal student aid to help low-income students.

UJA Federation Supports for the Jewish Community

UJA Federation of New York
UJA Federation of New York
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Arthur “Art” J. Samberg is a New York based finance and investment executive that operates Hawkes Financial, his family office that focuses on, among other things, technology based start-ups. Art Samberg is also engaged with multiple professional and charitable boards, including companies like JetSuite and Tri Alpha Energy and charitable organizations such as Historic Hudson Valley and the UJA Federation of New York.

The UJA Federation of New York is an international charitable organization that operates in over seventy countries and has reached more than four and a half million individuals. Founded 95 years ago, the organization maintains nearly 100 nonprofit agencies in its international network that provide services that care for the disadvantaged, respond to catastrophes, and strengthen the global Jewish community.

Strengthening and supporting the global Jewish community is accomplished in several ways by the UJA Federation. Jewish community centers are included within the UJA network that provide education on cultural values and Jewish heritage as well as a broad range of social services. In addition, resources for clergy and staff at synagogues are offered to enhance direct services at the local level. Moreover, ongoing research efforts are in place to respond to community needs as they arise.

The Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence

Art Samberg
Art Samberg
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Art Samberg has a long history in finance, having held various roles from security analyst to president and business owner. During his time in the world of finance and investing, Art Samberg gave back to the community through various charitable donations, including the donation that led to the formation of the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Based at Columbia University, where Art J. Samberg earned his MBA, the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence serves as a faculty resource. It hosts junior, senior, and visiting faculty for events such as conferences and teaching seminars. The overall goal of the Institute is to promote educational practices by improving the quality of teaching provided by faculty through initiatives such as a mentorship program.

The mentorship program pairs an educated and experienced leader with a less-experienced individual. The goal is to help the mentee earn additional skills he or she may need while focusing on the application of those skills. The program includes relationship-building and filling the gaps that exist between classroom education and real-world work dynamics. Through the mentorship program, the Institute helps faculty become more successful.

Art Samberg’s Continued Giving to Columbia Business School

Art Samberg
Art Samberg
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Arthur J. Samberg graduated from Columbia Business School with a master of business administration in 1967. Art Samberg became a successful investment banker and led multiple investment firms, and he continues his investment ventures into retirement. Since graduating, Art Samberg has made multiple donations to his alma mater, most recently in 2013, when he pledged $25 million for the construction of the new Manhattanville campus.

Samberg was not alone in his donation, as fellow ’67 graduate Mario J. Gabelli pledged an additional $15 million, for a combined $40 million. The pair not only graduated in the same year but also sit on the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers. Samberg was quoted as saying, “In supporting Columbia Business School, I’m helping others, who didn’t grow up in the same environment, get a chance to advance.”

His charitable work includes not only donations of time and money to Columbia Business School but also work for other charities and nonprofits, including College Summit, Historic Hudson Valley, and the UJA-Federation of New York. Pre-construction for the Manhattanville campus began in 2008, and construction is still in progress. Ongoing construction updates are available via the official campus website.