Watch our short video below to see how we work with donors to support innovative after-school projects, help older New Yorkers connect to each other, and so much more.
For more than 90 years, The New York Community Trust has been taking on tough problems to improve the quality of life in New York by supporting nonprofits that speak to the charitable passions of our generous donors.
What do you care about? Improving education, the arts, the environment? Or helping children, the elderly, gays and lesbians, veterans, the sick or the homeless? The Trust can help you support the causes you love. Now and forever.
After years of advocacy supported by The Trust, groups including Citizens’ Committee for Children persuaded Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill raising New York’s age of criminal responsibility. Instead of being tried in criminal court as adults, 27,000 16- and 17-year-old defendants a year will be tried in family court or diverted to social services.
With The Trust’s support, high school students in programs run by New York on Tech take coding courses and compete for paid internships at Google and other companies. Technology companies benefit, too, because they have jobs to fill.
With our support, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation created an assessment tool to improve home-based child-care programs. Now hundreds of child-care providers are using it and bringing higher-quality early childhood education to more children.
Foster children, forced to leave the system at age 21, are more likely than their peers to be homeless, unemployed, or incarcerated. We’re helping New Yorkers For Children with a program that creates a support network for young people transitioning to independent adulthood while helping with education, employment, housing, and health care.
For 11 years in a row, we’ve underwritten The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, run by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. In 2017, Brooklyn Community Services, Children’s Aid, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis tied for the top spot. Photo by Miles Photography
New York’s media have drastically reduced local coverage. Meanwhile, local voting rates are low. This is not a coincidence. We’re supporting nonprofit news services, including New York Public Radio, where reporters such as Sarah Gonzalez go out to neighborhoods. Photo by Ari Mintz for The Trust
New York needs healthy trees for cleaner air, habitats for wildlife, and stormwater management, not to mention a beautiful city. We’re funding Natural Areas Conservancy as
it uses data to plan ways to fortify the city’s woodlands. Here, volunteers help plant trees in Marine Park, Brooklyn.
From teethers to toys, an alarming number of baby products contain chemicals that can contribute to diseases and disorders. With our funding, Getting Ready
for Baby, a coalition of 100 health and environmental groups, is working to replace these chemicals with safe alternatives.
Denisse was abused by her husband, but stayed with him for fear of being deported to the Dominican Republic. Then she found a nonprofit we support, Her Justice. The group connected her to volunteer lawyers who got an order of protection and helped her gain permanent residency. “Without this help,” she says, “I might not be here today.” Photo by Reuben Kleiner
Anticipating drastic changes in federal immigration policy in 2017, we gave $1 million to 21 organizations helping vulnerable New Yorkers understand their rights and confront hate crimes. Among the programs: The Muslim Community Network offered a class that taught 400 women to defend themselves from violence. Photo by Sai Mokhtari
We’re supporting the Historic Districts Council as it creates a racially and economically diverse network of historic preservation experts. Our funding underwrote a Spanish Language fellow, who has been documenting sites of Latinx significance. The Council is pursuing landmark status for Casa Amadeo in the Bronx, the city’s oldest Latin music store.
Today’s older adults want to stay active, and need activities that unleash their potential and engage them with neighbors. We support Lifetime Arts, which specializes in arts for older adults, as it improves offerings at community centers run by the city, like this watercolor workshop at Jefferson Market Library in Manhattan. Photo by Herb Scher
New York State’s Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly program helps older New Yorkers on fixed incomes age at home instead of moving to a nursing home. With
our grant, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice is campaigning to open this program to more New Yorkers. Photo by Joanna Phillips
People with severe visual impairments graduate college at low rates and have high unemployment. We support Alphapointe, which trains those with low or no vision for jobs in manufacturing, call centers, and management. At right, two employees produce janitorial supplies at the organization’s manufacturing center.
With money left to us by donors who cared about women’s health, we helped Planned Parenthood of New York City open its newest health center, in Queens. Our support also helped mobilize New Yorkers at a rally to preserve government funding for Planned Parenthood’s reproductive health and primary care services. Photo by Dominique Sindayiganza
Using funds in The Trust established to find cures for diseases, the New York Genome Center is maintaining and adding data to an international genome database for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At left, Dr. Hemali Phatnani and her team at the New York Genome Center in Lower Manhattan analyze sequencing data.