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

2016 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

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