Edith Lutnick, Co-Founder and President, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity was established September 11th, 2001 to address the short and long term needs of victims of terrorism. In 2005, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund expanded its mission to include aid to families impacted by natural disasters and emergencies as well as direct service charities. Under Ms. Lutnick’s leadership as Co-Founder & President, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed approximately $336 million and implemented numerous programs to assist victims and their families.
The Relief Fund’s expanded scope has included direct financial aid to victims in natural disasters including the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, Superstorm Sandy in New York and the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as assistance to the wounded members of our military.
Ms. Lutnick facilitates the annual Charity Day events at Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, where 100% of the firms’ revenues on September 11th are donated to The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which in turn assists hundreds of deserving not-for-profits around the world. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $159 million.
A sought after and inspiring public speaker, Ms. Lutnick addresses a wide variety of audiences on topics including leadership, corporate and social responsibility, 9/11, resilience, living with tragedy, non-violence, and disaster relief and planning. She is also the author of “An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story Of How The 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced The Tragedy Of 9/11 And Beyond.”
Ms. Lutnick holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island (1980) and a JD and MBA from Syracuse University (1982). She is a respected voice on several 9/11 advisory committees including the September 11th National Memorial and Museum, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Evolve, and an Honorary Board member of A Caring Hand: The Billy Esposito Foundation.