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Customized philanthropy that
withstands the test of time.

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.

The future is unpredictable. The New York Community Trust was built for that. Through our deep expertise, sound investment, and careful oversight, we will ensure your charitable gift meets tomorrow’s challenges, as we’ve been doing since 1924. Contact Jane Wilton for a consultation: janewilton@nyct-cfi.org or (212) 686-2563

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The basics

Funds can bear your name or that of someone you
care about. Recipients are reminded of your generosity
with every grant we make from your fund.

  • Permanent, or endowed, funds can be established today, or through your estate. You can also convert your
    existing donor-advised fund into a permanent fund.
  • You can set up a fund with a wide variety of assets. We’re also experts in working with charitable remainder trusts, lead trusts, and private foundations.
  • The assets of a permanent fund are invested to grow principal while making grants each year. Funds at The Trust range from $5,000 to hundreds of millions.
  • We work with you to articulate a philanthropic strategy that achieves your goals today while planning for the future.
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Our Legacy Society

At The New York Community Trust, we believe in the power of community. Our Legacy Society brings together donors who want to make a permanent impact on the causes they care about most. The charitable goals of members of our legacy society are as diverse as the people of New York City, but they are linked together by their desire to create a better world for generations to come.

In addition to professional administration of your fund(s), members may enjoy:

  • Invitations to events, lectures, special site visits, and receptions
  • Exclusive communications regarding the state of The Trust’s work and impact
  • The option to be celebrated in a Trust publication 
  • Special recognition in our Annual Report
  • and more…
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Whatever your charitable interests, we have a fund for you
  • UNRESTRICTED FUNDS provide maximum flexibility to address New York’s needs—today and tomorrow. We will use your gift to 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.

The power of permanence

Endowed funds established by donors at The Trust provide sustained, long-term support for nonprofits. The investment income from these funds is generally used to support grantmaking.