Strengthening Communities

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.

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

2008 Grants

Bronx River Alliance, Inc.
To help support the Greenway and Education Programs

Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help New Yorkers facing foreclosure as a result of high-cost loans, and provide start-up support for the Center

City Parks Foundation, Inc.
To help launch Catalyst: Reclaiming the Waterfront

The Municipal Art Society of New York
To help support the MAS Planning Center's technical assistance, training, and outreach programs in New York City

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc.
To support capacity building efforts to help meet the needs of those affected by the subprime and foreclosure crisis

New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service, Inc.
To help immigrant organizations increase their knowledge of housing issues, address the immediate housing needs of rent-regulated constituents, and engage in citywide systems change efforts

New Yorkers for Parks
$125,000 (over two years)
To help support the Parks 2009 Campaign

Regional Plan Association
To help support the Campaign for New York's Future, building broad public support for PlaNYC and its comprehensive vision for a sustainable New York City

The Trust for Public Land
To help support TPL's Parks for People—New York City Playgrounds Program