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9/4/13 - Grantmaking expert to oversee grants at The New York Community Trust

Contact: David Marcus
(212) 686-0010 x224

New York (Sept. 4, 2013) — A leading expert in grantmaking has been named vice president for grants at The New York Community Trust.

Pat Jenny, who had been serving as acting vice president, took over this month, overseeing annual grants of more than $130 million to organizations in New York City and the suburbs as well as several national grantees. The Trust, celebrating its 90th anniversary next year, funds hundreds of projects, from an after-school rowing program in Queens to those that improve affordable housing across the region.

Jenny replaces Joyce Bove, who retired after 35 years.

"We’ll keep emphasizing a strategic approach to make sure the projects we fund fit into a thoughtful, long-range plan to improve the arts, education, health care, the environment,  and other areas,” Jenny said.

She praised Bove for a “remarkable career dedicated to bettering the quality of life for disadvantaged New Yorkers.”

Jenny, who joined The Trust in 1986, has managed the national and New York City environmental grantmaking program and the local workforce development grants program. She developed two funding collaboratives: New York City Workforce Funders, which is a partner with the City on innovative employment projects, and the One Region Fund, a New York-New Jersey-Connecticut funders group focused on sustainable communities and transportation issues.

She serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Health and Environmental Funders Network and formerly served on the boards of Cause Effective and the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

Jenny holds a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Brown University.

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Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and the suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. With its donors, The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City and suburbs vital and secure places to live and work, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2012 with assets of $2.1 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $137 million. The Trust welcomes new donors. Information at


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