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Pinkerton Foundation, Born of Detective Agency, Prefers to Work Unobserved

Among the New York philanthropies with dynastic names and assets in the billions, one local charity with a nine-figure endowment has been doing its work almost invisibly — for half a century. The Pinkerton Foundation, formed in 1966 by the family that made its fortune in private security, has quietly given more than $300 million to children’s organizations in the city.