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Am I a philanthropist?

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    Why Give With The Trust?

    You may want to give a variety of assets, or turn one stock gift into support for dozens of nonprofits. You may want to give today or tomorrow—or both.

    Make grants to your favorite organizations or tap our experts for suggestions of groups making a difference on the issues you care about. As a member of our giving community, you can attend online and in-person learning events, create a giving strategy, support urgent local needs, honor a loved one, and design a fund that gives in perpetuity to the issues you care about.

    You can also get philanthropic advice, involve family and friends, or create or join a giving circle. Contact us to talk about your options.

    We know New York, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our staff is nationally respected for its knowledge of local issues and understanding of the needs of our communities. Consider: We have 13 grantmakers in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island expert in areas from human justice to the arts to the environment, from education to healthcare. And our donor staff can help ensure that your charitable giving makes the impact you want.

    Use tax-efficient vehicles such as donor-advised funds (DAFs), charitable remainder trusts, and lead trusts. Gifts of stock allow you to avoid capital gains taxes. A community foundation like ours lets you receive the maximum income tax deduction allowed by law, whatever asset you contribute. We can help you find the best way to unlock the value of your assets to fund your philanthropic wishes.

    We don’t require a lot of paperwork. In fact, you can set up a donor-advised fund online. You can establish most funds with a letter of agreement or a paragraph in a will. If you have a donor-advised fund, you can suggest grants easily using our online portal, MyNYCT. A fund in The Trust can streamline your giving without the need to keep track of tax receipts.

    We can help you turn your assets into a force for good. Do you have highly appreciated publicly traded stock or are you selling a business? Maybe, like many Americans, you built much of your wealth in retirement assets? You might be surprised by how tax-efficient it is to use some of those assets to support the causes you care about. Talk to us about assets you want to contribute.


    What causes will you champion?

    Arts & Culture
    Support arts education, diversify the talent pipeline, create affordable workspaces for artists, and preserve history.
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    Children & Youth
    Help young New Yorkers learn and thrive. You can also help children with disabilities and those in foster care.
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    Help improve schools and early childhood programs, teach STEM, and prepare students for college.
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    Older People

    Help older adults meet their health, social, and legal needs, and make the city a better place to grow old.
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    Stand up to climate change, advocate for stronger environmental policies, reduce pollution, and protect wildlife and the waterfront.
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    Improve health care, support biomedical research, improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and more.
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    Press for criminal justice reform, defend women’s rights, protect immigrants, provide legal services, and inspire civic action.
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    LGBTQ NYers

    Support advocacy for LGBTQ rights, improve health services, build safe communities, and more.
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    Tackle the systemic causes of poverty, most notably hunger, homelessness, barriers to employment, and inequality.
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    Find Your Own Cause
    You can create a fund to address multiple issues, or one with a specific focus, such as preserving parks in the Bronx.
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    Effective organizations that donors (like you) have helped support:

    Ali Forney Center | AMERINDA | Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation | BronxWorks | BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn | Brotherhood/Sister Sol | Center for Court Innovation | Chhaya CDC | Community Food Advocates | Disability Rights Advocates | Earthjustice | El Puente De Williamsburg | Futures and Options | God’s Love We Deliver | Healthier Products Coalition | Hunger Free America | INCLUDEnyc | Invest in Skills NY | Internationals Network for Public Schools | Lenox Hill Neighborhood House | Medicare Rights Center | National Black Theatre | New York Legal Assistance Group | NYCLU | Brooklyn Public Library | Planned Parenthood of New York City |  The Point Community Development Corporation | University Settlement Society of New York |  VOCAL-NY | And thousands of other organizations.