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

2020 Grants

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.
$75,000
To provide data, policy, advocacy, and capacity-building support that helps change systems in New York City that prevent low-wealth populations from remaining in their homes and communities

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.
$100,000 (over two years)
To conduct the first comprehensive technology-enabled user study of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Change Capital Fund, a project of 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

City Parks Foundation, Inc.
$150,000
To support the NYC Green Relief & Recovery Fund

Community Solutions International, Inc.
$60,000 (over eighteen months)
To help incubate the Brownsville Community Land Trust

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.
$35,000
To support the development of a three-year strategic plan

Gateway Demonstration Assistance Corporation
$50,000
To support efforts to promote housing development models that integrate temporary shelter and permanent housing

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (FKA Friends of Van Cortlandt Park)
$50,000
To support capacity building efforts

Waterfront Alliance, Inc. (FKA Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Inc.)
$35,000
For general support