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 2020

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens
$150,000 (over fifteen months)
To support the Moving Forward Program, which links low-income immigrants to social supports and legal services regardless of immigration status

Change Machine (FKA The Financial Clinic)
To support programs and organizational capacity building to help mitigate financial insecurity among low-income New Yorkers

Food Bank for New York City
To support operation of the Income Tax Assistance Program

Hot Bread Kitchen Ltd.
$80,000 (over two years)
For direct relief and recovery support aimed at alumni and, when appropriate, to re-start workforce development programming

$175,000 (over two years)
To integrate economic development and young adult workforce development practices through place-based initiatives that achieve better outcomes for young people

New York City Employment and Training Coalition, Inc.
For general support

The New York Community Trust (New York City Workforce Development Fund)
To support the New York City Workforce Development Fund, a funder collaborative at the New York Community Trust

Robin Hood Foundation
$200,000 (over six months)
To provide assistance to New Yorkers who face extreme economic hardship upon discharge from a NYC Health + Hospitals facility following an inpatient hospitalization due to COVID-19

United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc.
$75,000 (over two years)
To develop protocols and systems necessary to support integrated social service delivery at the multi-service Commonpoint Queens Hub

Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc.
For continued support for the Bridge to Crafts Careers Workforce Development program which trains young people for entry-level positions in masonry restoration, landscaping, and arbor care, using the Woodlawn Cemetery as an outdoor learning lab

Workforce Professionals Training Institute
$200,000 (over two years)
For general support as WPTI seeks to invest in the internal technological infrastructure; help workforce organizations to adapt new digital strategies to support and prepare job seekers; and build the digital literacy skills of managers and frontline staff

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 2020

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.
To provide data, policy, advocacy, and capacity-building support that helps change systems in New York City that prevent low-wealth populations from remaining in their homes and communities

Bronx River Alliance, Inc.
$110,000 (over two years)
To help support ongoing efforts to complete the Bronx River Greenway, a series of connected parks and trails spanning the length of the Bronx River

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To conduct the first comprehensive technology-enabled user study of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc.
$225,000 (over two years)
To help support homeowner services, lending programs, and systems change efforts that help will New York’s low-to-moderate income homeowners weather the impact of COVID-19 on housing stability

Change Capital Fund, a project of United Way of New York City
$250,000 (over two years)
To help support the Change Capital Fund's efforts to strengthen neighborhood anchor institutions that seek to increase economic mobility among low-income people in high-poverty neighborhoods

Citizens Housing & Planning Council of New York, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To support housing-related research and education programs in New York City

City Parks Foundation, Inc. (Green Relief and Recovery Fund)
To support the NYC Green Relief and Recovery Fund

Community Solutions International, Inc.
$60,000 (over eighteen months)
To help incubate the Brownsville Community Land Trust

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
To support the development of a three-year strategic plan

Gateway Demonstration Assistance Corporation
To support efforts to promote housing development models that integrate temporary shelter and permanent housing

Natural Areas Conservancy
$50,000 (over fifteen months)
To help support the implementation of a strategic plan that will provide a vision for the next 3-5 years of the Conservancy, including its program priorities and metrics for success

Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Planning
To support the Neighborhoods First Fund's collaborative grantmaking

Riders Alliance
$60,000 (over fifteen months)
To promote the importance of public transit to NYC’s economic recovery from COVID-19, and to the fairness and vibrancy of NYC

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (FKA Friends of Van Cortlandt Park)
To support capacity building efforts

Waterfront Alliance, Inc. (FKA Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Inc.)
For general support