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“Now, I’m more confident and understand that I’m in charge of my life and my happiness.”
—SAMENA HOQUE, 17, participant in South Asian Youth Action's leadership program. Photo by Ari Mintz for the Trust


Love for a Borough, Forever

Even after her death, a Queens native helps local groups

Ruth Adel Torgerson Leffler grew up in Queens and moved to Long Island, where she made a name as one of the country’s best female golfers in the mid-20th century. She continued to care about her home borough; in her will she created the Adel and Leffler Families’ Fund for Queens in The New York Community Trust.

Since her death more than 20 years ago, The Trust has given nearly $6 million from the fund to dozens of groups, ranging from SculptureCenter in Long Island City to Sunnyside Community Services.

Three years ago, we helped start an academic and leadership program for girls run by South Asian Youth Action (known as SAYA) in Elmhurst. When we saw how the program was transforming lives, we gave money to expand it.

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