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.

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

2017 Grants

Food Bank for New York City
$125,000
To help support Food Bank for New York City's Free Tax Preparation Program

Food Bank for New York City
$125,000
To help support Food Bank's New York City Free Tax Program

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
$50,000
To support capacity building and program development aimed at leveraging private and public grants and contracts in support of programs for vulnerable populations

JobsFirstNYC
$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.
$35,000
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.
$40,000
To help support Restaurant Opportunities Center - New York's Making the High Road:  Restaurant Workforce Development Partnership

Single Stop USA, Inc.
$75,000
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.)
$37,500
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
$75,000
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