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Give Today, Build for Tomorrow

When you set up a fund today, you've already laid the foundation for the future.


"I'm interested in many of the City's problems and opportunities: the arts, health care, gay and lesbian rights, kids, schools, the homeless, preserving great architecture. . . In due time, a good portion of my estate will go to The Trust because I believe these people are uniquely qualified to address New York's needs."

William Donnell
Many people who set up donor-advised funds during their lifetimes have left principal in the fund, which after it is no longer advised, is put into our competitive grants program and used by The Trust to make grants in the donors' names forever.

Some donors name their children as advisors, but limit them to spending income. Others add to their funds through their wills, and still others create funds in their wills.

 

Plan for the Unimaginable

Could a donor in the 1950s foresee the degradation of our environment or the AIDS epidemic?

Endowed funds for a field of interest, or that are unrestricted, ensure that your gift will always address urgent, contemporary needs of the City. As New York changes, so do our grants. You can learn about what those funds are doing today by reading about our grants at work or reading our Grants Newsletter.

 

The Difference a Fund Makes

Funds that were set up generations ago are now supporting efforts to improve public schools, find cures for epidemics, rebuild communities, and strengthen families. Below are just a few examples of the work accomplished through some of the funds we have managed for decades.


A Legacy of Care for the Elderly
Katherine Park gave her money "to assist the elderly...with the problems of loneliness and boredom." For years, we made grants to senior centers and other nonprofits that took elders to concerts, plays, and other outings. But by the mid-'90s, with many elderly New Yorkers being cared for by poorly paid, unhappy home health aides rather than family, we started to use the Park Fund differently.
Learn more about Katherine Park » 
   

 

Carrying on the Search for a Cure
For more than 30 years, The Trust has carried on Dr. Victor Heiser's passion to find a cure for leprosy and diseases like it, and his goal is ever closer to being reached. Learn more about Victor Heiser »
   

David Warfield

  Helping Others with Vision Problems, Forever
In vaudeville and on Broadway, David Warfield's intensity could move audiences to laughter or tears. Later in life, he lost his sight, and it became his dream to help others avoid this sad loss. In 1955, he left his estate to The Trust, and today the David Warfield Fund supports eye clinics for poor kids, research on diseased retinas, and programs that let blind seniors make it on their own.
Read his biographical brochure »
   
Wilhelm Loewenstein   Dinner is compliments of Mr. Loewenstein
Wilhelm Loewenstein was a successful importer of fine leathers who spoke eight languages and played a Guarnerius violin. But he could not forget the soup kitchens of the Depression and the haunted faces of the homeless. In 1938, he left his estate to The Trust, and today, grants from the Wilhelm Loewenstein Memorial Fund feed hungry New Yorkers and help people living in shelters find homes.
Read his biographical brochure »

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