Since 1932, philanthropy and the spirit of giving has remained a core value at Harry Winston. Mr. Winston believed in leveraging the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of precious stones to reach a broader audience for charitable causes. We honor this legacy as we continue to build the global impact of the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures® Charitable Program, in support of outstanding programs that are inspiring hope and changing people’s lives. Through our work with charities worldwide, it is our hope that all people will have the opportunity for a more brilliant and healthy future.
Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc.
Showing the same care and commitment to our communities, as we do to our clients, has been a hallmark of the House of Harry Winston since its foundation in 1932. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Winston cultivated a tradition of giving dedicated to inspiring hope and improving lives.
In 1949, Mr. Winston organized the “Court of Jewels,” a magnificent traveling collection of his most impressive and historic gems. At the heart of the exhibit was the rare 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, the world’s largest deep blue diamond. For five years, the “Court of Jewels” toured major cities across the U.S. to raise money for local charitable causes. In 1958, Mr. Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as a gift to the world.
As stewards of our founder’s legacy, the company launched the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures® Charitable Program in November 2010, which proudly supports leading organizations in our Salon communities whose mission is to enable brilliant futures.
Within this program, the company and the Harry Winston Hope Foundation® are proud to support organizations that strive to give young people a quality education and the support needed for a healthy and hopeful future, and that enable all individuals to have access to enriching experiences within arts and culture.
American Ballet Theatre
New York, NY
Harry Winston supports the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), America’s National Ballet Company, whose mission is to create, preserve and extend the great repertoire of classical dance through performances and educational programming of the highest quality presented to the widest possible audience. ABT annually tours the U.S. and has made more than 30 international tours to 42 countries. Through the Harry Winston Hope Foundation®, the company supports ABT’s Project Plié, which supports talented children and teachers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in classical ballet with dance scholarships and comprehensive training. Project Plié partners with local schools and Boys and Girls Clubs nationally to combine training and support for ballet students from communities previously underrepresented in American ballet companies.
Chance for Children
© atsuki Yasuda/studio AFTERMODE
Harry Winston’s support of Chance for Children in Japan provides children in need with access to vital educational programs. Children have participated in after school programs and tutoring, with many learning English for the first time. Hosted by Harry Winston, the children have also had the opportunity to travel from the area devastated by the Northeastern earthquake to Tokyo for an enriching experience.
New York, NY
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation® supports the Harlem Academy, an independent school that drives opportunity for promising, low-income students who might otherwise be left behind. Harry Winston’s support of the middle school science program, challenges students with a rigorous curriculum and positions them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to excel in the sciences. An impressive 100% of Harlem Academy graduates go on to top secondary schools.
IRP - International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
Harry Winston supports the International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia - IRP which is committed to supporting research in the field of paraplegia in order to contribute to improving the lives of people affected by injuries to the spinal cord. Research projects in Switzerland and worldwide are selected by a renowned Scientific Committee of international experts. The Foundation also places an emphasis on encouraging young scientists to focus their work on research into paraplegia, and promotes the exchange of information and cooperation between researchers in Switzerland and abroad.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Harry Winston supports the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), one of the largest cultural institutions in the United States. Since its founding as a modest educational initiative in 1900, the MFAH has vigorously pursued a mission to serve as a place for all people through excellence in the collection, exhibition, preservation, conservation, and interpretation of art. Today, nearly one million visitors engage annually with the Museum’s permanent collection of almost 70,000 objects, representing a wide variety of geographic regions and historic periods. Education remains at the heart of the Museum’s mission, producing a number of free or low-cost educational and outreach programs serving more than 112,000 individuals each year through lectures, teaching workshops, museum tours for students and adults, family activities, and more.
National YoungArts Foundation
Harry Winston supports the National YoungArts Foundation's mission to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, performances, and partnerships, YoungArts works to create a strong community of artists and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support. YoungArts' signature program is a nationwide application-based award for emerging artists, ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12, from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, winners receive financial awards, professional development, educational experiences with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA
Harry Winston supports the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) for its long-standing commitment to excellence in education. SFCM is the oldest stand-alone conservatory in the American West and has earned an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Its faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning artists in the fields of orchestral and chamber performance, classical guitar, and jazz. SFCM faculty and students give nearly 500 public performances each year, most of which are offered to the public at no charge. The Conservatory’s community outreach programs serve over 1,600 school children and over 6,000 members of the wider community at hospitals, homeless shelters, and within the San Francisco Unified School District. Its Pre-College Division also provides exceptionally high standards of musical excellence and personal attention to more than 200 younger students.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Los Angeles, CA
Harry Winston supports the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts whose mission is to create, present and celebrate unique performing arts events and educational programs within the disciplines of theatre, dance and music that reflect the cultural diversity of the community. Since opening in 2013, The Wallis has presented more than 250 events and family programs. The Wallis believes that everyone deserves to learn and grow from the arts. GRoW at @ The Wallis, the Center’s renowned arts learning program, features performances and workshops for thousands of students annually, including those from underserved communities, and a special theater program for young people with autism to experience the joy of the arts.
Harry Winston Hope Foundation®
Inspiring Hope & Changing Lives
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation® was established in 2010 in honor of Harry Winston’s long standing commitment to charitable giving. Founded on the belief that education and wellbeing are the keys to creating opportunities for individuals in need to achieve their dreams, the Harry Winston Hope Foundation® supports programs that:
- Remove barriers for disadvantaged youth to obtain a quality education and the skills necessary to be successful in life
- Enable healthy futures for underserved populations
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation® provides funding to organizations in key regions where the company has a presence.