A Picasso self-portrait, Harlequin with Glass, hung in Mrs. Lorinda de Roulet's living room, difficult to insure and accessible to young grandchildren. Realizing that she could put the painting to better use, Mrs. de Roulet sold the Picasso at auction in 1989 and established a foundation with part of the proceeds in 1990.
Using a nickname that had been in the family for decades, Patrina, she funded what she would hope to be a lasting family legacy. Her son, Dan, having just read Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice, suggested supporting girls' single-sexed education — to afford all girls the opportunity his sisters and mother had had in their schooling.
The foundation's efforts quickly expanded beyond girls education to include after-school programs, particularly sports. These girl-centric programs have helped girls transform their lives, seek a brighter future, and achieve their full potential.
Along the journey, the board recognized that to help girls, they had to support their mothers, as well. Today, the mission has expanded to "improving the lives of girls and women" and supporting girls' and women's social and educational programs in the greater New York Metropolitan area.