Giving | New York Community Trust | New York, NY
Let us help with your charitable giving
We can tailor a giving program just for you. Fund effective organizations making a difference in the areas you care about—now and in the future.
Establish a Fund

Whatever your charitable interests, we have a fund for you. 

UNRESTRICTED FUNDS​ provide maximum flexibility to address New York’s needs—today and tomorrow. Your gift will support effective nonprofits working on the most pressing problems.

FIELD-OF-INTEREST FUNDS focus on your particular areas of charitable interest, such as hunger, education, or health care. You define the purpose(s) and we find and fund the best nonprofits to advance your philanthropic goals.

​DESIGNATED FUNDS allow you to name the charity, or charities, that you want to support. We invest the money, regularly make grants in your name, and monitor these organizations.

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS​ are a good fit for those looking to streamline their giving in a tax-smart way. You and anyone you appoint as an advisor can easily recommend organizations to receive grants. It’s simple: You recommend the organizations using our simple online portal, we do the due diligence and the paperwork.  (Please note that by law, we cannot be bound by these recommendations, but we take them very seriously and approve grants to nonprofits that meet charitable and financial standards.)

Learn more about how we invest and what assets to give.

Create a Permanent Charitable Legacy

Protect the environment, provide opportunities to children, support artists, improve New York. Whatever you choose to support through your permanent fund in The New York Community Trust, you will be remembered as a champion of the causes dear to you.

More about leaving a legacy
Support Your Causes

Our grantmaking is as broad and ambitious as New York. Some donors give to make this region better for everyone. Others are especially interested in particular areas including:


Consider the options for your private foundation. Your foundation can start a fund at The Trust. Or you can dissolve the foundationand avoid the record-keeping the IRS requires, not to mention possible disagreements among heirs or board members in the future. We can carry out your wishes with lower costs and fewer hassles than a private foundation.

Philanthropic Advising

Contact our Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives Kerry McCarthy at (212) 686-2578 or if you would like more information on our philanthropic advising services. We look forward to working with you.

Learn more about philanthropic advising
Popular ways to give
Last Will and Testament with Fountain Pen
Name The Trust in your will
It's the perfect way to continue supporting your interests after you are gone. Leave a specific amount or percentage in your will. Or leave all or part of your "residuary" estate—what's left after your loved ones are cared for and other specific bequests are fulfilled.
Older woman sorts donations as part of a volunteer job
Choose an issue you care about
From supporting literacy to safeguarding the environment, you can create a fund in The Trust to make a meaningful impact on the issues that matter most to you. More about field-of-interest funds
Give from your IRA
Donors aged 70-1/2 or older may direct contributions from an IRA directly to a public charity. The “charitable IRA rollover” provision allows you to exclude the IRA distribution from income—instead of taking it into income and claiming a charitable income tax deduction—under certain circumstances. Learn more.
Bridge across the East River
Contribute to our Community Needs Fund
You can help us say “yes” to more great projects addressing New York’s critical needs through our Community Needs Fund. We welcome the participation of new and current donors. We’re delighted to report to you how your money makes an impact.
Hands coming together
Give and learn with others
The Trust hosts a number of giving circles, educational events, and collaboratives. Join our Giving Collective, a Funder Collaborative, or attend events.
a family at the computer together
Create a donor-advised fund
You make gifts, and get an immediate tax benefit. Then you recommend grants to charities of your choice: We vet the nonprofits, write the checks, and handle the paperwork. Learn more.