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 2017

Food Bank for New York City
To help support Food Bank for New York City's Free Tax Preparation Program

Food Bank for New York City
To help support Food Bank's New York City Free Tax Program

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
To support capacity building and program development aimed at leveraging private and public grants and contracts in support of programs for vulnerable populations

$150,000 (over two years)
To advance demand-driven training and employment initiatives, enhance employer partnerships, and connect more young people to jobs through the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) and the Place-Based Young Adult Workforce Initiative

New York City Employment and Training Coalition, Inc.
To provide ongoing communications and convening services to member organizations and the workforce community while building out its five-year strategic vision

Phipps Neighborhoods, Inc.
$40000 (over fifteen months)
To create an expanded network of healthcare partners for the Career Network: Healthcare program serving out-of-school youth in low-income neighborhoods in the Bronx

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Inc.
To help support Restaurant Opportunities Center - New York's Making the High Road:  Restaurant Workforce Development Partnership

Single Stop USA, Inc.
To increase access to benefits assistance programs for eligible, low-income New Yorkers through the development, pilot testing, and full implementation of a central technology platform that will facilitate eligibility screening and data tracking within the Start by Asking initiative and other strategic efforts to target eligible potential applicants

STRIVE International Inc. (formerly known as East Harlem Employment Service Inc.)
To help support enhancements and optimization within a new performance management system, associated professional development, and the use of advanced system features to inform programmatic decision-making

YMCA of Greater New York
To support Y Roads' comprehensive mix of services, including workforce development training, high school equivalency classes, mental and behavioral health counseling, and job placement assistance for opportunity youth

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 2017

City Parks Foundation, Inc.
$120,000 (over two years)
To support the Partnerships for Parks suite of programs to strengthen park stewardship across New York City

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

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
$100,000 (over eighteen months)
To build capacity of residents and community-based organizations to engage and provide input in public housing preservation in New York, and to evaluate the early phases of the preservation process through the Rental Assistance Demonstration program

The Horticultural Society of New York, Inc.
To help support the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership program's assistance to community-based organizations managing public plazas on behalf of the City of New York

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To enhance NHSNYC's capacity to preserve limited-equity housing cooperatives as a source of affordable homeownership opportunity for low-income families throughout New York City

Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning
To help support Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning, a donor collaborative sponsored by the New York Foundation to improve community-based planning capacity in neighborhoods that are likely to be considered for rezoning and other development initiatives

New Yorkers for Parks
$120,000 (over two years)
To support Planning for Open Space Equity, an applied research initiative to develop and vet open space metrics, apply them to community planning efforts, and shape policy

Prospect Park Alliance, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To help underwrite a community engagement project designed to solicit stakeholder input for the rehabilitation of Prospect Park’s Rose Garden, as part of the next phase of Prospect Park Alliance’s strategic planning process

Riders Alliance
$60,000 (over fourteen months)
To build additional capacity within the Riders Alliance for disseminating the findings of recent studies of the economic impact of transit delays on New York City and for advocating for better subway and bus service and a stronger public investment in mass transit

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (FKA Friends of Van Cortlandt Park)
$40,000 (over fifteen months)
To support the creation of the Van Cortlandt Park Stewardship Organization to guide the future of the park, support implementation of the 2034 Master Plan, and ensure adequate resources are raised and dedicated to the Park’s operation and maintenance