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April 2015 | Grants Newsletter

QUICK VIEW | A Sampling of New Grants

Donors’ bequests are helping nonprofit groups develop resilience to climate change and provide mental health care to immigrant girls who arrive in the U.S. without a parent. See details about our 38 latest grants here.

BETTER NONPROFITS: Workers who provide safety-net services to vulnerable New Yorkers are crucial to our City, but they’re among the lowest paid. With $125,000, Fiscal Policy Institute is advocating for better wages, education, and career development of this workforce, made up mostly of women of color. In other grants, charitySTRONG will use $35,000 from The Trust to improve the quality and diversity of nonprofit boards. Meanwhile, a $150,000 grant to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York supports our New York City Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

HOLISTIC EDUCATION: Schools that join with nonprofits to provide a range of emotional, wellness, and academic help for kids are called community schools, and they serve largely poor neighborhoods. The City has announced the creation of more than 125 community schools, yet no one has agreed on how best to define them. With $80,000, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice urges the City to adopt its widely endorsed Community School definition. Right: Parent Felicia Alexander speaks at a rally at City Hall asking schools to include social, emotional, and health services along with rigorous academics, arts, and sports— plus parent engagement.

HOUSING DEAL FOR ARTISTS: With $100,000 from us, chashama provides artists with affordable housing in buildings managed by the Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council, and in exchange the artists do community service. Right: A workshop for seniors, led by an artist (center) who gets reduced rent.

MANAGING ANGER: With $40,000, the Center for Anti- Violence Education is expanding an anger management program for homeless gay young people, and training staff at one agency in every borough to defuse conflict. Right: A participant in the program uses martial arts to control aggression.

PURGING TOXICS: With $75,000 from The Trust, Coming Clean organizes communities across the country to pressure dollar stores to stop carrying toxic products. It also calls for improving the safety of chemical manufacturing facilities and strengthening laws protecting agricultural workers from pesticides. Our $75,000 grant to Green Science Policy Institute in Berkeley, California, will push for limits to toxic flame retardants in furniture and baby products.Right: Demonstrators organized by Coming Clean outside a dollar store in New Mexico. These grants come from our Henry Phillip Kraft Family Memorial Fund, created to support environmental programs of national and international significance.

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