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

2015 Grants

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Inc.
$50,000
To help support a Strategic Plan, in concert with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, that will provide a detailed plan for public programming in the park over the next five years

Council on the Environment, Inc. dba GrowNYC
$35,000
To help support their work on behalf of green spaces and community gardens

The Horticultural Society of New York, Inc.
$50,000
To help support the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership

Natural Areas Conservancy
$50,000
To help analyze and disseminate data from NAC's citywide social and site assessment of natural parkland, and to help parks and stewardship groups to use this data to inform conservation and restoration efforts, raise awareness, and foster civic engagement

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc.
$150,000 (over two years)
To help at least 1,100 low-and moderate-income families continue to live in New York City, through the sustainable acquisition or preservation of homeownership

New York Restoration Project
$50,000
To help measure and evaluate the Cultivating Community Program in order to have a better understanding and gauge what these green oases contribute to urban life

Prospect Park Alliance, Inc.
$50,000
To help underwrite the costs of a strategic planning process to help the Alliance identify future objectives that serve the Prospect Park and its visitors