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

2018 Grants

City Futures, Inc.
For general support of the Center for an Urban Future’s research and advocacy

Coalition for Queens
$75,000 (over fifteen months)
To help support C4Q’s capacity-building efforts, including its implementation of a new Customer Relationship Management system

Food Bank for New York City
To help support Food Bank for New York City's 2019 Free Tax Preparation Program

The HOPE Program, Inc.
$80,000 (over two years)
To help support a job placement program to help New Yorkers living in poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency

Hot Bread Kitchen
$70,000 (over two years)
To increase the impact of Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce development program by quadrupling graduation outcomes and continuing to improve its bakery labor ratio and business model

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
To achieve, improve, and sustain gains for needy, vulnerable individuals living in under-served NYC communities such as greater Coney Island

Make the Road New York
To provide provide health access and legal services and support to immigrants and their families, and to conduct educational initiatives to assist immigrants preparing for changes in federal policy and enforcement priorities

Make the Road New York
To support services, programs, public education, and organizing on behalf of immigrant New Yorkers confronting concerns and risks related to immigration status, healthcare, and other necessary benefits and services

Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, Inc.
To help support technology-based enhancements to its financial empowerment services

New York City Employment and Training Coalition, Inc.
To provide ongoing communications and convening services to member organizations and the workforce community

The New York Community Trust
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support the New York City Workforce Development Fund

The New York Immigration Coalition, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To provide general operating support for policy advocacy, communications, constituency education, and capacity building on behalf of member organizations serving immigrant New Yorkers

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Inc.
To help expand ‘high road’ opportunities in the New York restaurant industry through workforce development training and partnerships

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

Workforce Professionals Training Institute
$150,000 (over two years)
To help support research on career development within the occupational field of workforce development, as well as to help support WPTI's efforts to review, redesign, and augment its training offerings, leadership-development programs, and peer-learning initiatives, and to expand the modalities it uses to deliver these resources