COVID-19 Response | The New York Community Trust

Our neighbors are in need
Your generosity
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Help New Yorkers struggling because of the pandemic. Our recommendations are below.

The Trust is strengthening the safety net for the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are seeking funding on behalf of a nonprofit, please read our grantmaking guidelines.


The Trust Emergency Fund

With your help, we will support charities that are helping New Yorkers facing the loss of income, food, shelter, health care, and more due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Fund is addressing the immediate challenges and the recovery and resiliency efforts over the months ahead.


Join others to help our most vulnerable neighbors. People like you helped us meet a generous challenge from Jane Mead Timken to match all contributions up to $500,000. The need is still great. Please consider a contribution today.

The Trust draws upon its 95 years of experience and an expert grantmaking staff to identify and fund nonprofits that are best suited to tackle these challenges. It is funding effective organizations that provide food, health care, and vital social services. Recently it helped City Harvest provide healthy food to New Yorkers. And as parks are one of the few places to safely keep socially distant, it supported City Parks Foundation so it could maintain open spaces through the busy summer. The Emergency Fund will continue to make grants to provide health care, housing, and other services to improve life for those most impacted by the pandemic.


  • By credit card: fill out form at right
  • Contact Gay Young at
  • If you have a donor-advised fund in The Trust, use MyNYCT to make a contribution to the Emergency Fund, or use the resources already available in your fund
  • If you have a donor-advised fund elsewhere, suggest a grant to The New York Community Trust for its Emergency Fund

We also encourage you to give to local nonprofits

Local organizations have been hit with major losses in revenue because they have had to shut their doors, cancel programming, and cancel or indefinitely postpone fundraising events. At the same time, demands on their services have sharply risen. Consider an extra gift right now to the nonprofits you already support. Give directly or through your MyNYCT account if you are a donor advisor. For suggestions on where to give, please contact us.

Learn about the impact of the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund 

This collaborative fund was created in March 2020 to provide rapid assistance to nonprofit service providers staggering from the initial effects of the coronavirus. It raised more than $110 million and provided rapid assistance to more than 700 hundred organizations. Learn about its donors and the nonprofits it has helped.