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10/9/09 - Poor New Yorkers Helped by NYCT Safety Net Grants

Press Advisory


CONTACT:                                                                                                                                               Ani Hurwitz, communications director
The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
T (212) 686 -0010 x 224 / F (212) 532-8528 /


$8.76 Million Awarded by The New York Community Trust Achieve Results

New York City, October 5 – The New York Community Trust announced the results of grants totally $8.76 million it made in early 2009 to help New Yorkers hurt by the recession for food, emergency loans, financial counseling, and more. Only five months into year-long programs, the nonprofits involved have achieved significant results. Lorie A. Slutsky, president of The Trust, said: “We knew that people were suffering and that we needed to adapt our grantmaking. Our aim was to get a substantial amount of money out early in the year to nonprofits that we knew would make effective use of it. The numbers speak for themselves.”

All results are as of July 31.

Food Programs 

Citymeals-on-Wheels ($500,000) 

Delivered 35,000 meals and boxes with shelf-stable food to elders in dire need awaiting approval for the City’s Meals-on-Wheels program and when the City program does not deliver.


City Harvest ($275,000)
Delivered 1.6 million pounds of additional food to 69 emergency feeding programs in four boroughs, an increase of 17%.


Food Bank ($1,500,000)
Increased food distribution by 15%, from 52 to 60 million pounds to 181 food pantries in the City, including an increase from 8 to 10 million pounds of fresh produce. Distributed $250,000 worth of equipment (e.g. freezers, refrigerators) to 81 agencies and $160,000 to 14 agencies to hire part-time staff to meet increased demand.


Other Safety Net Programs

Bridge Fund ($1,000,000)   Hired additional staff to deal with a 63% increase in demand and gave $472,000 in emergency loans to 490 households to avoid homelessness and pay for other basic needs.


Cancer Care ($850,000)

Distributed $412,000 to 1,143 needy cancer patients, a 22% increase over the prior year. Nearly 50% of the money helped pay for transportation to medical appointments; 38% for chemotherapy and pain medication, and 16% for radiation treatment not covered by insurance.


Legal Services ($1,200,000)   With Legal Aid Society, opened 6,000 new cases in all five boroughs to help poor people with urgent problems related to unemployment, housing, public benefits, tax and consumer debt, and bankruptcy.


NYC Financial Network Action Consortium ($560,000)   Processed more than 50,000 tax returns for the working poor, generating $82 million in tax refunds and Federal Earned Income Tax Credits. Referred more than 5,000 poor tax filers to the City for food stamp enrollment.


United Neighborhood Houses  ($1,300,000)     Distributed $1.2 million to its 36 member agencies to help maintain critical services to youth, families, and the aged in poor communities.


Programs to Strengthen Nonprofits

Cause Effective ($100,000)   Offered 24 workshops on fundraising and board development and governance attended by 292 staff from 158 nonprofits with stressed budgets, a 33% increase from the prior year.


Community Resource Exchange
  Developed and offered “Leading through Difficult Times” workshops attended by 400 staff of 66 agencies hurt by the recession, including 47 agencies new to CRE. Opened an Executive Director hotline that received 80 calls for help with problems such as board development, financial issues, fundraising and human resources. Also reached agreement to include its assistance programs on the City’s 311 line.


Lawyers Alliance ($200,000)   Provided 83 phone consultations, 19 workshops and/or webinars attended by 385 nonprofit agency staff, and 39 consultations on fundraising law; employment law; real estate; debt restructuring, mergers and strategic alliances; and board development. ($100,000)   Helped 219 new nonprofit clients raise an additional $3.4 million online from 13,100 new donors.

About The New York Community Trust

Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of the New York metropolitan area [an aggregate of 2,000 funds created by charitable individuals, families, and corporations] to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents. It makes grants to meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human rights. In 2008, The Trust made grants of $168 million from assets of $1.5 billion.


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