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12/5/11 - Trust Stuffs Nonprofit Stockings with $5.5 Million in Final Grants of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ani Hurwitz, VP, Communications
212.686.0010 x224 | afh@nyct-cfi.org
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December 5, 2011

New York—The board of The New York Community Trust recently approved 72 grants totaling $5,505,000, bringing the year’s total to more than $33 million. “Our goal is to make New York a better place while honoring the charitable wishes of the generous donors that create funds,” said Trust president Lorie Slutsky. “It is a joy and a privilege to fund so many of the City’s excellent, innovative, and hardworking nonprofits.”  

Veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are a more diverse group than ever before. They include National Guard members who had never served overseas, women who have been sexually traumatized, and immigrants who aren’t aware they are now eligible for expedited citizenship. These veterans, and others, are coming home to hard-to-navigate and poorly coordinated government services. “With the encouragement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, The Trust has begun working with veterans advocates to coordinate the philanthropic sector’s response to the needs of veterans and their families. “With an initial Trust grant of $150,000, and with more to come, The New York City Veterans Fund in The New York Community Trust will make the City a more welcoming place to come home to,” said Joyce Bove, senior vice president for grants and programs. In addition to seeding the Veterans Fund, The Trust also made the following grants:
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, $35,000 to expand the Veterans Assistance Project, which provides pro bono legal assistance to veterans filing disability claims. | C
  • Legal Services NYC, $100,000 to provide legal services to the City’s veterans, service members, and their families. | C
  • Urban Justice Center, $50,000 for legal assistance for low-income veterans with mental illness. | C

Areas Served by Grants

MManhattan
Bk—Brooklyn
Bx—Bronx
Q—Queens
SI—Staten Island
C—Citywide
U.S.—National

HELP AND A VOICE FOR STRUGGLING NEW YORKERS
  • Community Service Society of New York, $75,000 to produce and distribute the tenth anniversary edition of The Unheard Third, which chronicles the concerns and views of poor New Yorkers. | C
  • Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, $150,000 to provide overnight shelter, food, and counseling at two churches for individuals sleeping on church steps. | M
  • New Yorkers for Children, $89,000 to help teen mothers served by the discontinued Teenage Services Act Program get educational, health, and child abuse prevention services from other agencies in their neighborhoods. | C
  • Safe Space, $120,000 to hire a specialist to expand and improve academic, leadership, and lifestyle programs for teens, and a social worker to provide more mental health services at a drop-in program for youth. | Q, Jamaica
  • Staten Island Mental Health Society, $80,000 for life-coaching, crisis, and in-home counseling for addicted youth, and for rehabilitated youth to counsel groups of 10- to 14-year olds on avoiding addiction. | SI

FINANCIAL COUNSELING FOR FAMILIES IN HOMELESS SHELTERS
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, $92,000 to hire a financial counselor to help homeless families in seven shelters. | Bk, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Crown Heights
  • Phipps Community Development Corporation, $95,000 to hire a bi-lingual financial counselor to advise homeless families in seven shelters in south and central Bronx. | Bx

IMPROVING SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND PRACTICE
  • Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Service, $27,000 to catalog and assess licensing requirements for “macro” social practitioners—those who seek to improve systems and communities based on caseworkers’ understanding of their clients’ needs. | U.S.
  • Hunter College of CUNY, Silberman School of Social Work, $134,000 to improve social work education and practice for working with incarcerated women and the elderly. | C
  • New York University, Silver School of Social Work, $78,000 to implement and analyze a new program that helps domestic violence survivors build a network of support and become more financially independent. | C
  • Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, $57,000 to understand and deal with families’ resistance to getting follow-up testing for newborns with possible hearing impairments. | C

CARE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, $149,000 to work with New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute to develop an improved training and career development program for teachers in publicly funded day care programs.| C
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $75,000 to expand a program in the Bronx County family court that improves the parenting skills of parents whose infants and toddlers may enter or are already in foster care. | Bx

IMPROVING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND HOUSING IN NYC NEIGHBORHOODS
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, $40,000 for job training, internships, employment, and benefits assistance. | Bk, Bed-Stuy
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, $40,000 for career counseling, GED prep classes, job training, and employment for young adults. | Bk: Cypress Hills, East New York
  • East Side House Settlement, $40,000 for legal counseling, a text-messaging service, and other help for local entrepreneurs and small businesses. | Bx, Mott Haven
  • Erasmus Neighborhood Federation, $40,000 to strengthen small businesses through promotional events, management services and workshops, individual assistance, and a teen internship program. | Bk, East Flatbush
  • Flatbush Development Corporation, $40,000 to provide housing services and benefits counseling for people who rely on food panties and soup kitchens. | Bk, Flatbush
  • Good Old Lower East Side, $40,000 for benefits counseling and employment services. | M: Lower East Side, East Village
  • Housing Conservation Coordinators, $40,000 to provide financial and legal assistance to limited equity cooperatives. | M, Clinton
  • Make the Road New York, $40,000 to involve poor residents in advocacy to improve living conditions and enforce rent regulation and housing codes. | BK, Bushwick; Q, Jackson Heights; SI, Richmond
  • Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation, $40,000 to improve living conditions, prevent evictions, and conduct financial literacy courses. | Bx, Soundview
  • Northwestern Queens Financial Education Network, $70,000 to coordinate financial education and counseling services for immigrants. | Q: Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, $40,000 to help public housing residents find jobs, do their taxes, and apply for tax credits and refunds. | Q, Far Rockaway
  • Richmond Senior Services, $40,000 to help elderly residents get housing subsidies, benefits, and notice of current local events through a monthly newsletter. | SI, Richmond
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, $40,000 for a community service internship and employment program. | SI, North Shore

IMPROVING THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
  • Freshkills Park Alliance, $25,000 to recommend recreational, cultural, educational, and fundraising objectives for this new park conservancy. | SI
  • New Partners for Community Revitalization, $50,000 for a coordinator to work with 17 groups, including UPROSE, Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and Sustainable South Bronx, to accelerate the redevelopment of brownfields. | C
  • New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, $30,000 to protect the City’s waterfront from storm-caused contamination. | C
  • Urban Garden Connections of New York City, $25,000 to create governance and fundraising operations for the 32 gardens in the Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts. | Bx, M

GOOD JOBS FOR NEW YORKERS
  • Upwardly Global, $65,000 to help skilled immigrants fill health care occupations that are in demand, including licensed practical nurses and radiologic technicians. | C
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, $90,000 for a training program that prepares disadvantaged young women to open viable new businesses.| C
  • Workforce Development Corporation, $150,000 to coordinate an initiative to expand health careers for disadvantaged workers. | C

ARTS AND CULTURE
  • Apollo Theater Foundation, $50,000 for a joint promotion campaign for Harlem Jazz Shrines 2012, dance and music performances at Harlem Stage and the Apollo, and Jazzmobile’s summer concerts at Grant’s Tomb. | M, Harlem
  • Career Transition for Dancers, $35,000 to help retiring dancers plan for second careers. | M
  • Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, $200,000 for a joint grantmaking program to promote adolescents’ hands-on learning and critical thinking through digital media. | C
  • New York Live Arts, $60,000 to strengthen this new dance group, a result of the merger of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop. | M
  • New York Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group, $50,000 to conduct and coordinate research and advocacy on naturally occurring cultural districts, places where artists can live and work together and promote their collective creativity. | C

EDUCATION FOR HOSPITALIZED AND HOME-BOUND CHILDREN
  • Arts Horizons, $25,000 to expand Art Beat, a program for severely disabled and chronically ill students, which will bring visiting artists to teach students in five hospital schools. | C
  • New York Hall of Science, $50,000 for a distance-learning program that enables chronically ill, hospitalized, and home-bound students to share their experiments and compare notes through video chat. | C

IMPROVING LITERACY
  • Kids Orbit, $175,000 to work with GirlSmart to provide daily literacy instruction to girls in pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade in P.S. 307, 93, and 54. | Bk: Farragut, Bed-Stuy
  • Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, $30,000 to improve the literacy skills of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in eight elementary schools through auditory, tactile, visual, and other interactive methods. | C

REMOVING BARRIERS TO LEARNING
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, $50,000 to help 10 principals in Brooklyn and the Bronx improve their schools through workshops on building social and emotional skills and by helping students, teachers, and administrators work together to create better learning environments. | Bk, Bx
  • Shinnecock Indian Nation Fund, $45,000 to help teenage and pre-teen boys living on the Shinnecock Reservation avoid self-destructive behavior, graduate from high school, and go on to college or into a skilled trade. | Long Island, Southampton Town

STANDING UP FOR HUMAN JUSTICE
  • Center for Family Representation, $100,000, to keep Queens families together by providing legal, housing, substance-abuse, and/or mental health help to immigrant families involved in child protective proceedings. | Q
  • Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York, $40,000 for legal help, including advice about marriage.| Bk, M
  • New York Legal Assistance Group, $75,000 to represent immigrants who have been victims of fraud in their attempts to gain U.S. residency and citizenship. | C

BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED
  • Enrichment Audio Resource Services, $45,000 to advertise and update free, downloadable CDs for elders with significant vision loss on simple ways to manage daily tasks. | C
  • Institute for Family Health, $95,000 to determine if electronic medical records improve the care of people with heart disease who also have mental health and substance-abuse problems. | C
  • League Treatment Center, $37,000 to help autistic children with speech defects and behavioral problems. | C
  • Maimonides Medical Center, $85,000 to use electronic medical records to improve the care of patients with mental illness. | Bk
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, $160,000 to help poor and uninsured immigrants with cancer get treatment, transportation to medical appointments, and manage other health problems.  | C
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, $75,000 to hire an additional doctor to work full-time in the hospital’s clinic for poor and uninsured adolescents. | C
  • Public Health Solutions, $100,000 to respond to federal cuts in funding for reproductive health care for poor women by transferring operations of clinics providing these services to federally qualified health centers. | C
  • United Hospital Fund of New York, $75,000 to expand a program that reduces medical errors that lead to bacterial infections acquired in hospitals. | C
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York, $120,000 to train home health aides to provide better post-hospital physical rehabilitation to chronically ill elders. | C

MEDICAL RESEARCH

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $124,000 to research bone cancer in children. | Bx
  • Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, $125,000 to investigate the effect of various medications on lysosomes and organelles on the breakdown of Alzheimer’s-related plaques. | Orange County, NY
  • Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $125,000 for a study to determine if a special type of immune cell has the ability to prevent or destroy Alzheimer’s-related plaques. | M
  • Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, $100,000 to study a new treatment for brain cancer in children. | M

BLOOD DISEASE RESEARCH
The Francis Florio Fund in The Trust supports research of blood disease. An advisory board of hematologists reviews proposals annually and has recommended the following grants to support studies of blood cancers and anemia.
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, $100,000 | M
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, $100,000 | Bx
  • New Jersey Medical School, $100,000 | Newark
  • New York University School of Medicine, $100,000 | M
  • Rockefeller University, $100,000 | M

OTHER GRANTS
  • Food Bank for New York City, $63,000 to expand a program to distribute pet food to needy animal owners who might otherwise have to abandon them to the streets. | C
  • Medgar Evers College of CUNY, $50,000 to coordinate advocacy on the redistricting process by Latino Justice/PRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Institute for Latino Policy. | C
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy, $100,000 for emergency repairs of historic buildings owned by nonprofit organizations. | C
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