The Foundation has an historic interest in ensuring that individuals and families living in the city have access to the services and resources they need to pursue and sustain successful lives. The Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the objectives outlined below. Please note that the "Results Sought" reflect the specific outcomes of interest to us.

Build and preserve economic security and independence among low-income individuals and families.

Results Sought:

  1. Increase the number of low-income New Yorkers who are placed in and retain jobs that support economic independence
  2. Increase the number of low-income New Yorkers enrolled in public benefits that complement work
  3. Enable vulnerable populations (e.g., the elderly) to remain in their own homes and communities, with a focus on systemic efforts to address barriers to independence
Grants 2016

Change Capital Fund, a project of United Way of New York City
$250,000 (over two years)
To help support the New York City Change Capital Fund donor collaborative

Change Machine (FKA The Financial Clinic)
To help develop and formalize a capacity building toolkit to help workforce development organizations to integrate financial security building into their programs and staff competencies, and to help the cohort of WorkBOOSTNYC agencies jointly identify and address systemic to barriers to financial stability and career mobility

City Futures, Inc.
To provide capacity building support to help influence workforce policy

The HOPE Program, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To help support a job placement program to help New Yorkers living in poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency

Hunger Free America, Inc. (formerly New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Inc.)
To provide a final grant for general operating support of anti-poverty/anti-hunger work -- including community organizing, public education, promotion of access to benefits and services, policy advocacy, and the management of internship and volunteer programs

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
To provide support for JCCGCI capacity-building activities aimed at strengthening its programs and the services it provides to vulnerable populations

To help support and expand the work of the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN)

LEAP, Inc., dba Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
$50,000 (over fifteen months)
To help BWI enhance its marketing, communications, and outreach to reach the intended targets for its training programs

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To help support the Financial Empowerment Integration Model

New York City Employment and Training Coalition, Inc.
To provide support for the NYCETC's programs, communications, and planning

The New York Community Trust (New York City Workforce Development Fund)
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the New York City Workforce Development Fund

Phipps Neighborhoods, Inc.
To support the Phipps Neighborhood Education and Learning Initiative in its continuing work building standardized education practices, structured program evaluation protocols, effective staff development, and a positive practitioners' culture among Phipps's teaching staff

Red Hook Initiative
To develop and launch RHI Institute, a comprehensive professional development program to give frontline staff the time and training necessary to advance within the organization

STRIVE International Inc. (formerly known as East Harlem Employment Service Inc.)
$37,500 (over fifteen months)
To increase the performance analysis and management capabilities of STRIVE - New York

Workforce Professionals Training Institute
$150,000 (over two years)
To provide support for training, consulting, and field-building and communications initiatives to strengthen workforce development programs, organizations, and systems in New York City

Year Up, Inc.
To support Year Up New York’s core professional training and internship program for disconnected young adults

Promote and sustain the availability of, and equitable access to, essential community resources needed to support stable, healthy communities, with an emphasis on systemic efforts.

Results Sought:

  1. Preserve and/or increase the quality and amount of affordable housing
  2. Preserve and/or increase the quality and availability of well-maintained parks and open spaces, and other essential community resources
Grants 2016

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.
$140,000 (over two years)
To help promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing in New York City

Bronx River Alliance, Inc.
$130,000 (over two years)
To help support the Bronx River Greenway Program, which helps to coordinate capital improvements and promote public use of the Greenway

Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help support foreclosure prevention services for homeowners and foster more integrated systems to promote and preserve affordable homeownership in New York City

Council on the Environment, Inc. dba GrowNYC
To help support their work on behalf of green spaces and community gardens

The Horticultural Society of New York, Inc.
To help support a transitional employment program that assists Neighborhood Plaza Partnership sites with horticultural improvements and plaza maintenance

Natural Areas Conservancy
To further develop and promote web-based interactive tools that will help encourage more New Yorkers to explore New York City’s forests, wetlands, meadows, and grasslands

Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To support the Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning donor collaborative's efforts to improve community-based planning capacity in neighborhoods that are likely to be considered for rezoning initiatives

New Yorkers for Parks
To help foster robust advocacy connections with local parks groups and undertake several projects to bolster the quality, relevance, and impact of its communications tools and research

Stonewall Community Development Corp.
$15,000 (over ten months)
To conduct a citywide survey and generate a comprehensive market profile report on the needs of Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) seniors throughout the five boroughs in regards to affordable housing, aging in place, support networks and related health, financial and social services provision and coordination