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Reasons for Optimism: New York responds to changes in Washington

April 2017 Newsletter | Letter from Pat Jenny, VP for Grants

The last few months have been unusual for us here at The Trust. My colleagues and I are looking at some aspects of our work through a somewhat distorted lens. This City that proudly embraces and celebrates diversity is facing new challenges. Rather than embracing immigrants, for example, we are looking at rising hate crimes and the prospect of undocumented parents separated from their U.S.-citizen children.

We created a rapid-response fund to meet these new and urgent needs. We committed $700,000 and raised an additional $300,000 from two other foundations as well as donors like Bob Kaufman. We received proposals from 230 nonprofits, then selected 21 to keep access to health care open, fight hate crimes, and make sure immigrants are treated fairly.

At The Trust, our work crosses the boundaries of ideology and politics; our mission has been to keep New York dynamic, open, and just. That mission continues: We’ll soon share announcements about projects to keep our air clean, protect access to health care for the more than 1 million newly-insured New Yorkers, and defend the rights of the LGBTQ community.

We are inspired, and we’re pleased that generations of donors make all this possible. For updates on this work, see

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