For Helena Durst, philanthropy—and business—is a family affair. “My great grandmother had instilled in her children the importance of giving,” said Ms. Durst, 38, a vice president and a fourth-generation family member of one of the city’s oldest family-run real estate firms.
Aside from helping manage her family’s foundation, which has given grants to local organizations including the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Ms. Durst advises several nonprofits. She sits on the board of directors of the Lower East Side Ecology center, which provides community-based recycling and composting programs, and counsels Just Food, which helps community leaders in underserved neighborhoods increase access to locally grown food.
—Lauren Elkies Schram