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

2014 Grants

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

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.
To help support the development of an Adopt-a-Greenway program to help maintain initial segments of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc.
$200,000 (over two years)
To help support foreclosure prevention services for homeowners throughout New York City

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

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
To help support the First Responder Initiative and Hurricane Sandy capacity building programs for New York City community development corporations

New Yorkers for Parks
$120,000 (over two years)
For general support to help create an equitable, well-maintained and well-preserved parks system and foster a strong, vocal, and informed constituency for parks across the five boroughs

Prospect Park Alliance, Inc.
To provide general support for the Prospect Park Alliance as it strengthens its programs and operations, further develops its constituency and volunteer base, and integrates the LeFrak Center and lakeside parkland into its landscape management strategy