The Trust Emergency Fund | The New York Community Trust

To address the ongoing needs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, The Trust created the Emergency Fund.

The Fund has received a generous challenge from Jane Mead Timken to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions up to a total of $500,000.

The Emergency Fund will send needed dollars to an array of nonprofits that are struggling to help New Yorkers facing the loss of income, food, shelter, and health care. The Emergency Fund will address both the immediate needs of New Yorkers as well as the new challenges that will emerge in the weeks and months to come.

The Trust will draw upon its 95 years of experience, including its emergency response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and superstorm Sandy. Our staff, working with the Board, will use its expertise to target nonprofits that are best suited to tackle these challenges.

Ways to Give:

  • By credit card.
  • Contact Gay Young at  
  • If you have a donor-advised fund at the Trust, we’ll transfer your gift. If you use MyNYCT, look for the “Emergency Fund” tab or follow the prompt on the welcome screen. 
  • If you have a donor-advised fund elsewhere, ask them to make a grant to The New York Community Trust for its Emergency Response Fund.
  • Donors aged 70-1/2 or older may direct contributions from an IRA to the Emergency Fund, excluding it from taxable income (up to $100,000), and counting towards the required minimum distribution. As the provision excludes contributions to donor-advised funds or private foundations, giving to the Emergency Fund is a great way to take advantage of this tax benefit while supporting local nonprofits.