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Year-End Note: Get Insights from the Experts

By Lorie A. Slutsky | December, 2016

Join us for briefings on vital issues

New Yorkers often ask how The Trust differs from other organizations where they can start funds to help good causes. Our response: expertise and personal touch. Those distinctions are on display at the half-dozen donor briefings we hold every year. If you joined us at any of these gatherings, you were privy to insights from people who shape policy in New York and the country. 

Maybe you heard then-Commissioner of Police William Bratton explain how block-by-block data can improve safety. Or Merryl Tisch, the recently retired Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, offer suggestions for ways to engage students. Perhaps you joined us for a tour of a long-abandoned school building in East Harlem that our grants helped transform into live-work space for artists.

A few weeks ago, Glenn Martin spoke movingly of his journey from New York State prisons, where he spent six years, to becoming a national leader in criminal justice reform and founder of our grantee JustLeadershipUSA. (It trains the formerly incarcerated to advocate for changes to the prison system.) We’re thrilled by the responses from attendees: “phenomenal,” “amazing,” “loved it!”

The 2017 calendar of briefings will soon be in the mail. Meanwhile, we send our warm wishes for the holidays. In the spirit of year-end giving, perhaps you will start a fund, or add to the one you have. 

And join us in the New Year to learn more ways we can all make New York better. 

Lorie A. Slutsky is president of The New York Community Trust.

FOOD FOR THOUGHTS: Board member Ann Unterberg and President Lorie Slutsky (right)􀀃join Merryl Tisch, former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, at a Trust donor briefing about public education. Photo by Amy Wolf/The Trust

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